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MINUTES OF 




WILMINGTON 
PRESBYTERY 



STATED SESSIONS 
206th 

PRESBYTERIAN JUNIOR COLLEGE 

MAXTON, N. C. 
April 21, 1959 

207th 

JACKSONVILLE CHURCH 

JACKSONVILLE, N. C. 
July 21, 1959 



CALLED MEETING 



ST. ANDREWS-COVENANT CHURCH 



WILMINGTON, N. C. 
June 5, 1959 



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MINUTES OF 



WILMINGTON 
PRESBYTERY 



STATED SESSIONS 
206th 

PRESBYTERIAN JUNIOR COLLEGE 

MAXTON, N. C. 
April 21, 1959 

207th 

JACKSONVILLE CHURCH 

JACKSONVILLE, N. C. 
July 21, 1959 



CALLED MEETING 



ST. ANDREWS-COVENANT CHURCH 

WILMINGTON, N. C. 
June 5, 1959 



MINUTES OF WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY 



MINISTERS 



(Listed in the 
1— P. L.Clark, H. R. 
2— J. L. Fairly, H. R. 
3 — D. L. Williamson, 

F.M. 
4_J. W. Miller 
5 — M. C. MacQueen 
6— E. B. Carr, H. R. 
7 — N. P. Farrior 
8_W. H. Allison 
9 — F. M. Thompson, 
H. R. 
10— L. A.Taylor 
11— F. W. Lewis, H. R. 
12 — W. H. Goodman 
13— B.F.Hall 
14— N. G. Stevens, 

H B 
15— W. F. F. Little 
16— M. J. McChesney 
17— P. C. Oliver, 
Chaplain, USN 



order 
18— N 
19— L. 
20— C. 
21— C. 
22— J. 
23— H, 
24— J. 
25— C. 
26— B. 
27— A. 
28— R. 
29— H 
30— R. 
31 -J. 
32— E. 
33— J. 
34— R. 
35— C. 
36— D. 
37— F. 



in which they 
. H. Flowers 

C. Moore, F. M 

L. Kirby 

W. Worth 
S. Walkup 
, H. Hilton 
S. Russell 

S. McChesney 

L. Rose 

M. Daniel 

H. Erwin 
. B. Mitchell 

K. Johnson 
L. Stevenson 

G. Connette 
M. Irvine 

J. Wilkins 

H. McLean 
, B. Jenkins 

A. Elliott 



CHURCHES 



Name, Year Organized Name, Year Organized 



Acme, 1892 
Antioch, 1925 
Ashwood, 1922 
Baker, 1934 
Bethanv, 1944 
Beth Carr, 1819 
Bethel, 1924 
Beulaville, 1917 
Black River, 1740 
Bladenboro, 1889 
Bowden, 1905 
Brunswick, 1947 
Burgaw, 1879 
Calypso, 1903 
Cape Fear, 1944 
Carolina Beach, 1943 
Caswell, 1858 
Chadbourn, 1897 
Chapel on Board- 
walk, 1952 
Chinquapin, 1884 
Clarkton, 1795 
Croatan, 1884 
Currie, 1914 
Delgado, 1916 
Elizabethtown, 1834 
Elkton, 1917 
Faison, 1857 
Graves Mem., 1838 



Grove, 1736 
Hallsville, 1900 
Harmon v, 1887 
Harper-South'd, 1945 
Hebron, 1886 
Holly Grove, 1914 
Hopewell, 1800 
Immanuel, 1895 
Jacksonville, 1911 
Lake Waccamaw, 1921 
Maple Hill, 1887 
McClureMem., 1940 
Morehead Citv, 1929 
Mt. Horeb, 1843 
Mt. Olive, 1878 
Mt. Williams, 1845 
Mt. Zion, 1858 
Mvrtle Grove, 1944 
New Hope, 1889 
Oakdale, 1933 
Oak Grove, 1952 
Oak Plains, 1859 
Page's Mill, 1946 
Pearsall Mem., 1914 
Pike, 1856 
Pineland, 1953 
Pink Hill, 1917 
Pleasant View, 1924 
Pollocksville, 1868 



were received) 
38— L. W. Kessler 
39— R. B. Rock, H. R. 
40— J. R. MacKinnon 
41—1. H. Rawles 
42— H. T. Lewis 
43— W. E. Pauley 
44 — Charles Williams 
45— W. P. Burns 
46— E. F. Torsch, F. M. 
47 — E. B. Davis, 

Chaplain, U.S.N. 
48 — Joseph C. Wagner 
49_W. M. Schotanus 
50— H. L. Willis 
51— F. M. Womack, Jr. 
52— R. W. Graham 
53 — Adolf Otersen 
54 — G. F. Sowerby 
5 5 — L. A. Richardson 
56 — J. E. Atwood 



Name, Year Organized 

Potts Mem., 1945 
Rockfish, 1756 
Rocky Point, 1922 
Salem, 1958 
St. Andrews, 1858 
Ch. of Covenant, 1918 

xMerged— 1944 
Smith, 1895 
Southport, 1902 
South River, 1796 
Stanford, 1892 
Stafford Mem., 1951 
Tabor Citv, 1944 
Teachey, 1902 
Topsail, 1871 
Trinity, 1954 
Wallace, 1884 
Warsaw, 1884 
Westminster, 1920 
Westminster 

(Wilmington), 1954 
White Plains, 1850 
Whiteville First, 1869 
Wildwood, 1898 
Willard, 1915 
Wilmington First, 1817 
Winter Park, 1913 
Woodburn, 1924 



CANDIDATES FOR THE MINISTRY 

Charles R. Brindell, J. Wessell Brown, Hugh Evans, Roger Home, 
Edward Johnson, Edward Lewis, Jr., William McDonald, Eugene Mussel- 
white, Charles A. Norwood, Timothy Outlaw, J. Leon Simmons, Jr., 
William VanderVenter. 



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STATED MEETING 

April 21, 1959 

The Presbytery of Wilmington met in the 206th Stated Ses- 
sion in the auditorium of Presbyterian Junior College, Maxton, 
N. C, on Tuesday, April 21st, 1959 at 10 a.m. The meeting 
was called to order. Dr. L. C. LaMotte, president of the college 
welcomed the Presbytery to the campus. The service of worship 
was led by the Rev. D. B. Jenkins, retiring moderator. 

The roll was called and the following were enrolled: 

J. W. Miller, N. P. Farrior, W. H. Allison, L. A. Taylor, W. H. 
Goodman, B. F. Hall, W. F. F. Little, M. J. McChesney, J. F. Clark, 
C. L. Kirby, C. W. Worth, J. S. Walkup, H. H. Hilton, J. S. Russell, 
C. S. McChesney, A. M. Daniel, R. H. Erwin, H. B Mitchell, R. K. 
Johnson, J. L. Stevenson, J. M. Irvine, R. J. Wilkins, D. B. Jenkins, 
F. A. Elliott, J. R. MacKinnon, I. H. Rawles, H. T. Lewis, W. H. Terrv, 
W. E. Pauley, Chas. Williams, W. P. Burns, E. F. Torsch, E. B. Davis, 
J. C. Wagner, W. M. Schotanus. 

Ruling Elders from churches were enrolled as follows: 

Acme, S. C. Faulk; Antioch, James H. Justice; Baker, W. M. Dail; 
Bethany, D. R. Murray; Beth Car, P. H. Myers; Bethel, Wyatt Hunter; 
Beulaville, Raleigh Lanier; Black River, G. S. Beatty; Calypso, J. G. 
Dickson; Carolina Beach, Jack B. Davis; Chadbourn, Worth Williamson; 
Chapel on Boardwalk, C. E. Dixon; Chinquapin, Jack Albertson; Clark- 
ton, John D. Ward; Delgado, W. C. Scoggins; Elizabethtown, W. S. 
Morgan; Graves Memorial, A. G. Robinson; Grove, S. C. Ferrell; Halls- 
ville, A. H. Miller; Harmony, Jacob L. Carr; Harper-Southerland, Nick 
Smith; Immanuel, H. N. McGeachy; Jacksonville, L. H. Parmele; Lake 
Waccamaw, Samuel M. Hughes; Maple Hill, B. L. Lanier; McClure Memo- 
rial, Albert F. Wells; Mt. Horeb, Clark Allen; Mount Olive, Clyde Wil- 
liams; Mt. Zion, Horace Fussell; Morehead City, D. Cordova; Oak Plains, 
B. V. Byrd; Pineland, Troy King; Pink Hill, L. A. Worley; St. Andrews- 
Covenant, David H. Craig; Smith, J. R. Thomas; Stafford, H. C. Brogden; 
Stanford, A. D. Cromartie; Teachey, C. C. MacxMillan; Wallace, C. J. 
Knowles; Westminster (Whiteville), A. E. Heafner; Westminster (Wil- 
mington), W. E. Starnes; Whiteville, First, W. P. High; Wildwood, Em- 
manuel Ross; Wilmington, First, W. L. Hartzog; Willard, Currie T. Carr; 
Woodburn, James W. Wooten; Salem, W. W. Maready. 

The following Sessions did not send representatives: 

Ashwood, Bladenboro, Bowden, Brunswick, Burgaw, Cape Fear, Cas- 
well, Croatan, Currie, Elkton, Faison, Hebron, Holly Grove, Hopewell, 
Mt. Williams, Myrtle Grove, New Hope, Oakdale, Oak Grove, Page's Mill, 
Pearsall Memorial, Pike, Pleasant View, Pollocksville, Potts Memorial, 
Rockfish, Rocky Point, Southport, Tabor City, Topsail, Trinity, Warsaw, 
White Plains, Winter Park, South River. 

A quorum was declared present and Presbytery was constituted 
with prayer by the retiring moderator. Ruling Elder Albert F. 
Wells, of the McClure Memorial Church was elected moderator. 



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Ruling Elders attending Presbytery for the first time were 
introduced and welcomed as follows: 

Jack B. Davis, Worth Williamson, Jack Albertson, W. S. Morgan, 

A. G. Robinson, H. N. McGeachy, L. H. Parmele, Samuel M. Hughes, 

B. L. Lanier, J. A. Worley, W. L. Hartzog, James W. Wooten, W. W. 
Maready. 

The Rev. E. F. Torsch, Chaplain to the College, welcomed the 
Presbytery to the Campus of Presbyterian Junior College and 
made the necessary announcements. 

A gavel presented by the retiring moderator was received by 
the Presbytery with an expression of appreciation. The docket 
was adopted. 

The Christian Education Committee report was presented by 
the chairman, the Rev. J. S. Walkup. The report with its recom- 
mendations was adopted as follows: 

THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 
ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Meetings: There have been four meetings of the full committee since 
our last report: Stated meetings at Wallace, Oct. 23, 1958, and Lake 
Waccamaw, April 9, 1959; and Called meetings at Wilmington, Sept. 
10, 1958, and at Wallace, Jan. 29, 1959. The members of the Com- 
mittee have been faithful in their attendance at both the full committee 
meetings and their respective sub-committee meetings where much of the 
committee work is done. 

Financial Report: A full financial report is appended to this report. 
The Committee keeps its monies in two funds. The Christian Education 
Fund began 1958 with a balance of $1,123.10 and ended the year with 
$580.61 (April 9, 1959 balance was $228.27). The reasons for this 
decrease are : ( 1 ) the sub-committees have been more active than in the 
past few years, therefore more expenses; (2) there has been insufficient 
attention to budgeting in the past, a mistake which the committee is 
attempting to correct; (3) There has been a decrease of about one-sixth 
in income from the gifts of the churches to Presbytery Benevolences. 
There is hardly sufficient funds to carry on a restricted program, much 
less a full program; therefore an increase of one dollar is necessary in 
Pioneer Camp and Senior-Hi Conference fees for 1959. It is hoped that 
by careful budgeting and an increase in askings for 1960, this situation 
may be remedied. In order to further strengthen the C.E. Fund, the 
expenses of the Camp Procurement committee formerly paid from this 
fund are to be re-embursed and that further expenses be paid from the 
Camp and Conference Center Fund. 

The Camp and Conference Center Fund has been placed on savings. 
It began 1959 with a balance of $2,717.93, ending the year with 
$2,277.33 on hand. (Balance as of April 9, 1959, $3,065.85). 

Personnel: The Rev. Al. Harriss, former chairman having moved 
from the Presbytery, the Rev. J. S. Walkup was elected chairman. The 
Rev. John Irvine serves as secretary, and the Rev. Reid Erwin as 
treasurer. 

Miss Dot Lynch, our invaluable Area Worker in Christian Education, 
resigned from the work in mid-March in order to be married. The Com- 
mittee presented her with a gift as an expression of appreciation for her 



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work. Her help has been an inspiring influence as she worked with the 
churches of our Presbytery, and as she served in an advisory capacity 
to the Committee and to the sub-committees where her vision and unusual 
breadth of knowledge were in constant evidence. 

The Rev. Robert Turner, our Regional Director of Christian Educa- 
tion, has been faithful in his attendance upon our meetings as an advisory 
member of the Committee. His considered contributions form a steady 
influence for good in our deliberations. He is currently working toward 
a replacement for Miss Lynch as area worker for Albemarle and Wil- 
mington Presbyteries. 

At present the Committee is fairly stable in its personnel, free for the 
time being, at least, from the constant turnover of personnel during the 
past few years. This is an asset to the work of the Committee. 

Children's Work: Work continues toward the strengthening of Vaca- 
tion Bible Schools in our Presbytery. Last May a Teacher's Institute was 
held at the Westminster church, Wilmington, with an attendance of 109 
teachers representing 27 churches from all parts of the Presbytery. This 
institute experimented with a new teaching technique: a demonstration 
class composed of children from the host church. The success of this 
experiment has led to its incorporation into the Teachers Institute to be 
held this year at Mt. Olive on May 16, 10 a.m. A VCS Directors work- 
shop was held at Teachey in early April this year with an attendance of 
24 from 14 churches from the north central area of Presbytery. 

Last summer, 54 Vacation Church Schools were held in the Presbytery 
with an enrollment of 3,543 pupils and 753 adult workers. This repre- 
sents a decrease from 1957 when there held 63 schools with an enroll- 
ment of 3,734 pupils. 

Pioneer Work: Last summer three Pioneer camps were held at Lake 
Singletary with 207 pioneers in attendance. The "Small-group approach" 
was tried out in two of the camps, which proved to be quite successful in 
terms of camper-growth and teaching values, though perhaps more de- 
manding upon the counselors. In view of the success of this experiment, 
it has been decided to hold four camps this year, limiting enrollment 
at each camp to sixty, and continuing the small-group approach in all 
camps. The dates for the camps this year are as follows with then- 
directors : 

Rising 7th graders, June 8-13, Rev. A. M. Daniel 

Rising 8th graders, June 15-20, Rev. F. A. Elliott 

Rising 9th graders, June 22-27, Rev. W. H. Terry 

Rising 8th and 9th graders, June 29-July 4th, Rev. J. L. Stevenson. 

The first three named directors attended a Camp Directors Workshop at 
Camp New Hope during March. 

The possibility of conclaves in various areas of the Presbytery has 
been under consideration for some time by the sub-committee. Since 
there is at present some activity provided for groups in the northern and 
western sections of the Presbytery, planning for conclaves is being con- 
centrated in the Wallace, New Hanover, Jacksonville, Morehead City 
areas. A color 8mm film of last year's camps is available for churches 
that would like to show it to their pioneers. Write for reservation, the 
Rev. Reid Erwin, Chinquapin, N. C. 

Senior-Hi Work: The 1958 Senior High Conference was held at 
Peace College with 153 young people present with 21 staff -members. 
Two Fall rallies were held; Whiteville, with about 250 present, and Mt. 
Olive with about 125. The Council Training Retreat for officers of local 
Fellowships was held in Wallace in February with 125 present repre- 



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senting 32 churches. The Spring Rally was held at the Winter Park 
church with 253 present from 32 churches. The 1959 conference will 
be held at Peace College, June 8-13 with the Rev. C. S. McChesney, 
director, and the Rev. D. B. Jenkins, assistant director, becoming director 
in 1960. 

Adult Work: Questionnaires were sent throughout the Presbytery to 
leaders of Young Adult or Mixed Sunday School classes, to determine 
their needs for Presbytery wide activities, and to see what way they could 
be helped by the sub-committee on Adult Work. The returns were much 
too scanty to be of much help; only about 2 out of every 5 were returned. 
In view of the state of the treasury, this committee felt it unwise to plan 
any rallies or retreats for young adults for 1959, but to work towards 
one for 1960. 

Leadership Education: Questionnaires have been sent out to Sunday 
School Superintendents across the Presbytery in regard to a special work- 
shop for the administrative officers of the Sunday School and the Chris- 
tian Education Committee. To date six replies have been received. 
Therefore no workshop will be held this year but perhaps one may be 
possible for 1960. 

Another area of responsibility is Leadership Training Schools. There 
were three such schools held the past year: Area schools at Wilmington, 
Rose Hill, and Chadbourn. No Area Laboratory school will be held in 
the Synod this year. There will be two schools for leaders at Montreat, 
June 21-26, and June 28-July 3. 

Men's Work: The Men of the Presbytery are organized with commit- 
tees appointed and operating. A successful Men's Rally was held at St. 
Andrews-Covenant Church in Wilmington, Sept. 18. Synod's Men's Con- 
ference will be held in Montreat June 26-28. Presbytery's Men's Council 
encourages attendance at this conference. The council also voted to urge 
local Men's Groups to support the Christian Youth Conference at State 
Teachers College for Negro youth, June 8-13. Local Men's groups would 
send worthy negro youth to this conference. Cost: $18.00. 

In 1959-1961 there will be developed the "Reaching-Teaching Pro- 
gram" which is designed to draw into our Sunday Schools the 400,000 
adults who are members of our church but do not attend the church 
school. The Men's Work Subcommittee covets your prayers, and the 
support of the churches, as they seek in the months ahead to implement 
this program within our area. 

Camp Procurement: The Camp Procurement Subcommittee had hoped 
to be able to present a final report at this meeting but is not able to do 
so just yet. The members of the subcommittee has worked hard in the 
18 months since its inception, having examined almost thirty sites, study- 
ing maps of all Idnds, even flying over a site, and spending countless 
hours in the field. The subcommittee has narrowed its thinking to three 
sites: the one already owned at Watha, one at Lake Waccamaw, and one 
at Long Pond or Clear Pond between Orton and Southport. Your sub- 
committee, and perhaps the whole C.E. Committee, hopes to visit each 
of these sites during the peak camping season of June and July to study 
conditions at that time. It is anticipated that a final report may be made 
at the July meeting of the Presbytery. However, if any sites not yet 
brought to the attention of the committee are recommended in the 
interval, the subcommittee will be happy to investigate. Such recom- 
mendations should be made to the Rev. John M. Irvine, Castle Hayne, 
N. C. 

Audio-Visuals: The committee would call attention to the splendid 
helps now provided in the field of Audio-Visuals. The Committee owns 



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the film, "Martin Luther." It is available for free loans. Also a set of 
training film-strips with records, entitled the "Children and the Church." 
The latter may be secured from the chairman of Children's Work, the 
Rev. J. S. Russell, Lake Waccamaw. 

Attention is called also to the Audio-Visual Fellowship operated by 
the Synod's Office, First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte. For ten dollars 
annually, all the resources of Synod's Film Library are available free of 
further cost. 

Synod's Conference for Young People: Synod's Conference for young 
people of the High School graduating classes of '58, '59, '60, '61, will 
be held at Davidson College June 22-27. This is the first year that this 
type of conference has been held in some time. Two from each church 
is the original quota. The cost: $25.00. 

Summary: The Christian Education Committee is grateful for the 
cooperation which it has received from so many faithful Presbyterians in 
this area. We feel that the Committee's work has enlarged in some area, 
been maintained in some, and weakened in others. We are at present 
concerned over the financial problems facing us and are making efforts to 
correct this problem. We note with discouragement the fact that the 
committee was budgeted in 1957 from Presbytery's Benevolences — 
$750.00, in 1958 and 1959— $1,000.00; but receipts dropped from 
$598.63 in 1957 to $500.13 in 1958. We pray that the Presbytery's 
giving to Benevolences will be increased this year. 

This committee joins with Synod's committee in urging that church 
treasurers remit monthly their benevolent gifts to the Central Treasurer 
of Presbytery. 

We also view with unhappiness the fact that while the number of com- 
municants in our Presbytery rose from 13,015 in 1956 to 13,098 in 
1957, the Sunday School enrollment dropped from 12,106 to 12,075. 
In 1958 the total communicants dropped to 12,947 with a slight in- 
crease in Sunday School enrollment to 12,334. It appears that the pas- 
tors and sessions throughout the Presbytery might review with profit 
their church school programs, seeking ways to make their teaching pro- 
gram more effective, and ways to reach more of the communicant mem- 
bers of the church for the church schools. It is hardly commendable 
that more than a thousand communicant members of our churches are 
not enrolled in the church schools. The Christian Education Commit- 
tee, through its subcommittees, stands ready to assist any church in the 
Presbytery, with respect to its Christian Education program. We covet 
the prayers of the Presbytery as we continue in this work in the year 
ahead. 

Recommendations: We offer the following recommendations: 

1 — That the following be approved as Pioneer camp directors: The 
Rev. A. M. Daniel, the Rev. F. A. Elliott, the Rev. W. H. Terry, and 
J. L. Stevenson; and the following as director of the Senior-Hi confer- 
ence: the Rev. C. S. McChesney and the Rev. D. B. Jenkins, assistant. 

2 — That in view of the need for the strengthening of the lay repre- 
sentation on the committee, the manual of Presbytery be changed to read 
(in the section concerning the makeup of the committee) "at least seven 
of whom shall be lay members" where it now reads "at least six"; and 
that this change in the manual be docketed for the July meeting of 
Presbytery. 

3 — That Mr. James P. Harris, president of Synod's Men's Council be 
heard in reference to Synod's Men's Conference. 



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4 — That local church treasurers be urged to remit budgeted bene- 
volences to the Central Treasurer of Presbytery on a monthly basis that 
the work of the various committees may be carried on more effectively. 
5 — That the following dates be noted in the churches: 
May 3-10, Christian Family Week 

June 21-26, June 28-July 3, Montreat School for leaders 
June 26-28, Synod's Men's Conference 
September 27-October 4th, Christian Education Week. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. S. WALKUP, Chairman, 
J. M. IRVINE, Secretary. 

After discussion, it was moved that the Committee on Chris- 
tian Education with the Council of Presbytery study the possibil- 
ity of a combination Area Worker-Camp Developer-director, and 
to report at the July meeting of Presbytery. 

Mr. James P. Harris, President of Synod's Men's Council, was 
heard regarding the Men's Conference at Montreat. 

The Rev. Wade H. Allison presented the report of Higher 
Education Committee. It was adopted as follows: 

REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON 
HIGHER EDUCATION 
I — Educational Institutions: 

The new Preisdent of Davidson College will be inaugurated this week, 
D. Grier Martin. The success of a quiet campaign to raise funds to meet 
the challenge fund of 5400,000 offered by Mr. Charles A. Dana seems 
assured. These funds will be used to erect THE CHARLES A. DANA 
SCIENCE LABORATORIES and a new dormitory which will make it 
possible to bring the student body up to 1,000. 

While the Queens Campaign last year was not entirely successful in 
the supporting Synods, the city of Charlotte came through handsomely 
and Queens is going forward with her building program. A new dormi- 
tory has just been completed and a new library will be completed by fall. 

Work on the campus of The Consolidated College has actually begun 
with the breaking of ground on April 15, 1959. Contracts for buildings 
are expected to be let by summer. Another delaying action by a minor- 
ity group of the trustees of Flora Macdonald College continues to hinder 
the progress of the financial campaign, but the target date for the opening 
of the College is still the fall of 1960. 

The reports from Union Seminary are most encouraging from the 
standpoint of an increasing student body and the continued strengthening 
of the faculty. The acute need of housing for the increasing number of 
married students makes the need for more funds outstanding. 

Synod has been trying to increase its annual support for our educa- 
tional institutions and there has been some increase yearly for several 
years, but not in proportion to the increased costs. Wilmington Presby- 
tery gave slightly more in 1958 than in 1957, but we still gave only 
44.59% of our apportionment. 

II — Campus Christian Life: 

In spite of the desperate efforts to acquaint the leaders of the Synod 
with the acute needs of our Campus Christian Life program, the cam- 



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paign for funds last spring brought in pledges of only $243,250.98, of 
which $60,578.43 was paid in cash by the end of the year. The funds 
for operating expenses failed to come up to even the workers' salaries last 
year and the cause faced a $9,000 deficit at the end of the year. The 
situation is deplorable. Every budget is having to be cut to the bone 
and the work curtailed instead of trying to meet the need and oppor- 
tunities. 
Ill — Candidates : 

There are fourteen candidates for the ministry under the care of Wil- 
mington Presbytery at the present time. Four of these will graduate from 
Seminary this year. Two of the fourteen were not engaged in academic 
studies during the current year. Five of our candidates are receiving 
financial aid from our Board of Christian Education. There is a very 
definite need for the pastors of local churches to challenge and encourage 
our youth to consider the work of the Church as a life vocation in view 
of the shortage of ministers. 
IV — Recommendations : 

1. That pastors and sessions face squarely their responsibility to take 
this matter of the needs of Campus Christian Life to their congregations 
and see if they can't get them to do something tangible for this great 
cause. 

2. That pastors avail themselves of the literature on church vocations 
put out by our Boards and present the challenge from the pulpit of the 
needs and opportunities of the work of the church both at home and 
abroad. 

3. That Presbytery's Manual be amended to require the report of the 
Executive Committee on Higher Education at the July meeting of Presby- 
tery, instead of April, due to the fact new information is not available 
until after the meeting of Synod's Committee in May; that the proposed 
change be docketed for the July meeting. 

W. H. ALLISON, Chairman. 

Mr. John Talbert presented a special report on Stewardship. 
He also reported on the "FORWARD FUND" of the Presbyterian 
Home, Inc., High Point, N. C. These reports were received as 
information. 

The following Standing Committees were appointed: 

Place of Next Meeting: Rev. W. M. Schotanus, Troy King, B. L. 
Lanier. 

Leave of Absences: Rev. E. B. Davis, D. R. Murray, L. H. Parmele. 

Resolutions and Thanks: Rev. J. C. Wagner, W. C. Scoggins, C. C. 
Macmillan. 

Presbytery recessed for lunch with the prayer of thanks being 
offered by the Rev. B. F. Hall. 

Presbytery reconvened with the singing of the hymn, "The 
Church's One Foundation", and prayer offered by the Moderator. 

The Rev. R. J. Wilkins presented the report of the Committee 
on Annuities and Relief. It was adopted as follows: 



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REPORT OF PRESBYTERY'S COMMITTEE ON 
ANNUITIES AND RELIEF 

We are delighted to report to you that the Minister's Annuity Fund 
had 189 new ministers enrolled during the year 1958 and there were 44 
retirements. Total active membership of the Fund as of December 31, 
1958—2,955. 

The Employee's Annuity Fund has 152 new members enrolled. Total 
membership as of December 31, 1958 — 409. It is our hope that more 
churches and agencies will enroll their lay personnel in the fund during 
1959, thereby providing an income for them at retirement. 

We feel that one of our greatest opportunities for service is our 
Ministerial Relief Program. We feel that Ministerial Relief is Christian- 
ity in Action. In 1958 our church supplemented, from the funds of 
Ministerial Relief, the annuities of 293 annuitants to the extent of 
$277,141.65. Total supplements to annuities since 1946 — $2,139,- 
842.77. We sent $279,652.76 to 239 beneficiaries in 1958. This was 
divided between 172 widows, 40 ministers, 11 lay missionaries and 16 
orphans. The oldest beneficiary is a minister 99 years old. The total 
number assisted from Ministerial Relief funds in 1958 was 532 and the 
total amount was $556,794.41. 13 beneficiaries and 16 annuitants died 
during 1958. The sources of the income from which these grants were 
made are: the Joy Gift, 5.99% participation in the benevolent budget 
of the churches, interest income from the Endowment Fund, and interest 
income from the reserve relief account. The Joy Gift represents 45% 
of our total income for this purpose, which indicates the vital import- 
ance of a generous Joy Gift. 

Enrolled in our group life insurance plan as of December 31, 1958, 
were 3,294; in major medical 2,805, and with dependent coverage, 
1,128. We have been making progress but we should not be satisfied 
until all of our eligible employees are enrolled in this plan. Officers and 
laymen of the churches must take the initiative in this program as our 
ministers cannot push this too vigorously because they are directly af- 
fected. Our group life insurance plan started July 1, 1952, the group 
hospitalization October 17, 1953. By action of the 1957 General Assem- 
bly, the hospitalization and surgical coverage was replaced by the major 
medical plan on July 1, 1957. The major medical plan is extremely 
broad in scope and pays the major portion of practically all types of 
hospital, surgical and medical expense incurred by the insured over a 
small deductible amount. Since the beginning of these plans, 111 life 
insurance death claims have been paid. The total amount of these 
claims was $444,920.18. Many expressions of gratitude have been re- 
ceived by the Board of Annuities and Relief from the recipients of these 
benefits. This leaves no doubt that this phase of our work has been well 
received and the protection greatly needed. 

This report thus far has dealt with the work of the Committee on the 
General Assembly's level. We will now consider results of our work 
in our own Presbytery. 

At the beginning of the year 1958 we had six recipients of assistance 
from the Board of Annuities and Relief in our Presbytery. Since that 
time we regret to report the passing of the oldest member receiving aid 
in our Presbytery, Rev. J. S. Crowley, who died May 13, 1958. His 
death leaves five in Wilmington Presbytery receiving aid from the Com- 
mittee. The financial assistance given to them amounted to $5,006.03 
during the last church year. 

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Wilmington Presbytery has three retired ministers who are receiving 
aid from the Reynolds Fund. Two receive the maximum amount and 
one the middle amount. One was raised from the middle amount to the 
maximum and one was raised from the minimum to the middle amount. 

Your Committee rejoices with you in the accomplishments of last 
year and we confidently hope that our work will go forward during this 
year so that we can more adequately assist those whom it is our privilege 
to serve. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. McNAIR JOHNSON, Chairman. 

The Rev. Horace Hilton presented a special report on Evan- 
gelism outlining a six-week program of Church Loyalty and 
Evangelism for September and October. The program was 
heartily endorsed by Presbytery and commended to the churches. 

Dr. L. A. Taylor presented a synopsis of the Stated Clerk's 
report to Synod. It was received as information. 

The report of the Commission to install the Rev. C. L. Kirby 
as pastor of the Morehead City church was read and admitted 
to record as follows: 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL REV. C. L. KIRBY 
The Commission to Install the Rev. C. L. Kirby as pastor of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Morehead City met prior to the hour of service 
for organization. Present were: Ministers: N. P. Farrior, C. L. Kirby, 
A. M. Daniel, and by invitation of Presbytery, the Rev. Priestly Conyers; 
Elders: L. A. Murdoch, Ashley Murphy. The parts were assigned. The 
commission moved to the Sanctuary where a worship service was con- 
ducted and the service of installation was carried out according to the 
Book of Church Order. The sermon was preached by the Rev. Priestly 
Conyers; the constitutional questions were propounded by the Rev. A. M. 
Daniel; Ashley Murphy delivered a charge to the congregation and the 
Rev. N. P. Farrier delivered a charge to the pastor. The newly installed 
pastor pronounced the benediction. The Commission reassembled after 
the service, read and approved the minutes. The Commission was opened 
and closed with prayer. 

REV. A. M. DANIEL, Clerk. 

The Rev. A. M. Daniel reported that the sessional records of 
Currie and Stafford Memorial churches have been received and 
approved by the committee on Sessional Records. 

The report of the Commission to install the Rev. J. C. Wagner 
as pastor of the Trinity Church, Havelock, was admitted to rec- 
ord as follows: 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. J. C. WAGNER 
The Commission for installing Rev. Joe Wagner to the pulpit of Trin- 
ity Presbyterian Church, Havelock, N. C, was called to order by Dr. 
L. A. Taylor at 6:30 p.m. on February 22, 1959, at the home of Ruling 
Elder S. Clyde Baker. 

Present were Dr. L. A. Taylor, Dr. W. M. Schotanus, Rev. Horace 
Hilton and Ruling Elders Wm. E. Baird, Lawrence Brandon, and James 
W. Shank. 

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Dr. Taylor opened the meeting with prayer. Ruling Elder James 
Shank was nominated and voted as Clerk. 

After challenging and instructing the commission, Dr. Taylor an- 
nounced that the members were ready for their part in the Installation. 

The Commission was recessed to the sanctuary. 

During the service of song and praise, Elder Shank led in the first 
Scripture with Responsive Reading No. 13. Rev. Horace Hilton gave 
the sermon of the evening. It was a most inspiring and challenging mes- 
sage entitled "The Christian Church, the Hope of the World." 

During the Service of Installation Dr. L. A. Taylor propounded the 
Constitutional Questions. Ruling Elder Lawrence Brandon gave the 
Prayer of Installation. Dr. Wm. Schotanus, in a very impressive and 
dynamic presentation of the use of hands in His Service, gave the Charge 
to the Pastor. Ruling Elder William E. Baird, in an all consuming mes- 
sage, gave the Charge to the Congregation. 

Rev. Joe Wagner, having been duly installed gave the Benediction. 

The Commission reconvened in a classroom off the sanctuary at 8:30 
p.m. The minutes were read and approved. The meeting was closed 
with prayer by Rev. Schotanus. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES W. SHANK, Clerk. 

The Commission to install the Rev. W. M. Schotanus as pas- 
tor of the Jacksonville church was read by the Rev. J. C. Wagner. 
It was admitted to record as follows: 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. W. M. SCHOTANUS 
The commission to install Rev. William Schotanus as pastor of the 
Jacksonville church was called to order by Dr. L. A. Taylor. The Com- 
mission met in the pastor's studv prior to the service of worship on 
Feb. 15, 1959. 

Present were Dr. L. A. Taylor, Rev. John R. MacKinnon, Rev. Joe 
Wagner, and Elder Royden Caulk. The chairman, Dr. Taylor, opened 
the meeting with prayer, and Rev. Joe Wagner was named Clerk. 

The parts having been previously assigned, the commission retired to 
the evening service of worship in the sanctuary. Dr. Taylor presided, 
and propounded the constitutional questions; Rev. John MacKinnon de- 
livered the sermon; Rev. Joe Wagner delivered the charge to the minister 
and led in the installation prayer; Elder Royden Caulk delivered the 
charge to the congregation. After answering the constitutional questions 
in the affirmative, Dr. Taylor declared that Mr. Schotanus was duly 
installed as pastor of the Jacksonville church. The new pastor pro- 
nounced the benediction after which he and his family were given a 
cordial welcome by members and visitors present for the occasion. 

The Commission met briefly following the service, read and approved 
the minutes, and was dismissed with prayer by Dr. Taylor. 
Respectfully submitted, 

REV. JOE WAGNER, Clerk. 

The Rev. R. K. Johnson presented his resignation to Presby- 
tery as pastor of the Woodburn church, requesting that the pas- 
toral relationship be dissolved that he might accept the call of 

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the Westminster church of Wilmington. The representative of 
the church reported that at a duly called meeting the Congrega- 
tion of the Woodburn church had reluctantly concurred in the 
request. The pastoral relationship was dissolved by Presbytery. 
The call of the Westminster church was read and approved as 
follows: Salary $4800.00 with M.A.F. participation, $400.00 car 
allowance, S300.00 utility allowance, and a month's annual 
vacation. The call was ordered placed in his hands. He indi- 
cated his acceptance and the following commission was appointed 
to install him: The Rev. E. G. Connette, to preside and propound 
the constitutional questions: Dr. L. A. Taylor, to preach the ser- 
mon; the Rev. F. A. Elliott to charge the pastor, and Dr. R. T. 
Sinclair, to charge the Congregation. W. B. Beery III, alter- 
nate elder. 

Permission to change the terms of the call from the Bethel 
church to the Rev. Reid Erwin, raising the salary S400.00 per 
annum was granted. 

The report of the Standing Committee on Place of Next Meet- 
ing was presented. The recommendation that the invitation of 
the Jacksonville church be accepted was adopted. It was noted 
also that invitations for October had been received from the 
Chapel on the Boardwalk, and the Lake Waccamaw church. 

The report of the Standing Committee on Leave of Absences 
was adopted as follows: 

The following were excused from the whole meeting: Rev. Mac Mc- 
Queen, Rev. C. H. McLean, Rev. P. S. Clark, Rev. Norman H. Flowers, 
Rev. L. W. Kessler, Rev. E. G. Connette, Jr., and Ruling Elder Robert 
Aycock. The following were excused from part of the meeting: Rev. 
W. H. Goodman, Rev. I. H. Rawles, Ruling Elders: A. G. Robinson, 
G. S. Beatty, J. L. Carr, Doare Cromartie, Raleigh Lanier, James Justice, 
Jack Albertson, W. M. Maready. 

Respectfully submitted, 

REV. E. B. DAVIS, Chairman 

The report of the Standing Committee on Resolutions and 
Thanks was given by the Rev. J. C. Wagner. It was adopted 
as follows: 

The 206th Stated meeting of Wilmington Presbytery wishes to express 
its thanks to Presbyterian Junior College for extending their invitation 
to meet on the campus today. We rejoice in the work of Presbyterian 
Junior College through the years and we give God thanks for the Chris- 
tian leadership, teachings, and influence that have come through the 
ministry of this school. 

We are grateful for the fine dinner served in the Cafeteria at the 
noon hour. 

We are appreciative of the fine sermon of the morning delivered by 
the retiring moderator, the Rev. D. B. Jenkins. 

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We would express commendation and appreciation to the Moderator, 
Ruling Elder Albert Wells for the able way that he conducted the busi- 
ness of the day. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOE WAGNER, Chairman 

The Rev. J. S. Walkup was nominated moderator for the July 
meeting. The Rev. D. B. Jenkins was nominated Recording 
Clerk for the next meeting. 

The minutes were read and approved. The Presbytery ad- 
journed with prayer by the Moderator. 

L. A. TAYLOR, Stated Clerk, 

J. S. WALKUP, Permanent Clerk 



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CALLED MEETING 

St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church 

June 5, 1959 

The Presbytery of Wilmington met in response to the call of 
the Moderator on Friday, June 5, 1959, in the St. Andrews- 
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N. C. The meet- 
ing was called to order by the Moderator, Ruling Elder Albert F. 
Wells, at 3:00 p.m., and was led in a prayer of invocation by 
the Moderator. The roll of members present was compiled and 
the following enrolled: 

P. L. Clark, M. J. McChesney, N. H. Flowers, C. W. Worth, J. S. 
Walkup, H. H. Hilton, R. K. Johnson, E. G. Connette, Jr., J. M. Irvine, 
C. H. McLean, F. A. Elliott, L. W. Kessler, R. B. Rock, J. R. MacKinnon, 
H. T. Lewis, W. H. Terry, E. B. Davis, W. M. Schotanus. The roll of 
churches was called and the Ruling Elders enrolled as follows: Caswell, 
Graham Shaw; Black River, George Beatty; Beulaville, Gardner Edward; 
McClure Memorial, Albert F. Wells; Wilmington, First, John Hall; Wood- 
burn, Billy Lennon. 

A quorum was present and the Presbytery was constituted by 
prayer led by Rev. P. L. Clark. 

The call for the meeting was read by the Stated Clerk. It 
was found in order and made the docket for the meeting, as 
follows : 

1. Authorize and empower the Home Mission Committee of the 
Presbytery to negotiate a loan in the sum of $10,000.00 from the Board 
of Church Extension, Presbyterian Church, U. S., to re-loan this sum 
to the Delgado Presbyterian Church, and issue the legal instruments 
necessary for the transactions. 

2. Grant permission for the Reverend Eugene B. Davis to labor out- 
side the boundaries of the Presbytery. 

3. Receive the Reverend Henry L. Willis from the Presbytery of 
Montgomery and appoint a Commission to install him as pastor of the 
Black River, Caswell and Currie churches. 

Receive the Reverend Randolph W. Graham from the Presbytery of 
Hanover and appoint a Commission to install him as pastor of the Wood- 
burn church. 

Receive the Reverend Francis M. Womack, Jr., from the Presbytery of 
Enoree and appoint a Commission to install him as pastor of the Cape 
Fear Church. 

4. To transact other matters of business made necessary by the 
above transactions. 

Rev. Charles W. Worth, Chairman of the Committee on 
Home Missions introduced a resolution from that committee 
relative to a construction loan in behalf of the Delgado church. 
The resolution was adopted and is as follows: 

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That the Presbytery of Wilmington, Presbyterian Church, U. S., 
authorize and empower its Committee on Home Missions to: 

1. Negotiate a loan in the amount of 510,000.00 from the Board of 
Church Extension, Presbyterian Church, U. S.; 

2. Loan Si 0,000.00 to the Delgado Presbyterian Church of Wilming- 
ton, North Carolina, to be repaid in regular semi-annual payments of 
S 1,000.00 each plus interest at 4% per annum on the unpaid balance, 
payments to be made directly to the Board of Church Extension; 

3. Obtain a Promissory Note in the face value of $10,000.00 from 
the Delgado Presbyterian Church, and also a Deed of Trust on property 
of the said church to secure the Promissory Note; 

4. Issue a Promissory Note in the face value of $10,000.00 in favor 
of the Board of Church Extension, Presbyterian Church, U. S.; 

5. Reassign the Deed of Trust on Property of the Delgado Presby- 
terian Church to the Board of Church Extension, Presbyterian Church, 
U. S., to secure the Promissory Note; 

6. Designate Dr. L. A. Taylor to act as the agent of the Presbytery 
and of the Home Missions Committee on these matters. 

The Reverend Eugene B. Davis requested the Presbytery to 
grant permission for him to labor beyond the boundaries of the 
Presbytery in the capacity of Chaplain in the U. S. Navy Re- 
serves. Permission was granted and his status was changed 
from that of pastor to that of Chaplain. 

Rev. M. J. McChesney, Chairman of the Commission on the 
Minister and His Work presented certificates of dismissal for 
Rev. Henry L. Willis, from the Presbytery of Montgomery, Rev. 
Francis M. Womack, Jr., from the Presbytery of Enoree, and 
Rev. Randolph W. Graham from the Presbytery of Hanover. 
They were admitted to examination for membership in the 
Presbytery. They were examined in accordance with paragraph 
No. 74 of the Book of Church Order. The examinations were 
sustained in parts and as a whole, and these men were ordered 
enrolled as members of Presbytery pending the signing of ar- 
ticles of declaration. 

A call for the ministerial services for Rev. Henry L. Willis 
from the churches of Caswell, Black River and Currie were read. 
Terms of the calls were as follows: 

Salary $1,250.00 plus M.A.F. dues from Black River; S2, 250.00 
from Caswell plus M.A.F. dues, Currie $492.00 plus M.A.F. dues. At- 
tached to the calls was a letter from the Home Mission Committee of 
the Presbytery promising a salary supplement in the amount of S 600.00 
plus M.A.F. dues, an aggregate salary of $4,592.00 per year. The call 
was found in order and placed in his hands. Upon his acceptance of 
the calls a Commission was appointed for his installation on Sunday, July 
5, 1959 at 8:00 p.m., in the Caswell church. The Commission is com- 
posed of Ministers P. L. Clark, L. W. Kessler, L. A. Taylor and Ruling 
Elder George Beatty with Graham Shaw alternate. 

A call for the ministerial services of Rev. Francis M. Womack, Jr., 
from the Cape Fear church was read promising a cash salary of 

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$2,100.00, plus M.A.F. dues, a car allowance of $300.00 per year, an 
annual vacation of one month and Group Insurance and Hospitalization. 
A letter from the Home Missions Committee was attached to the call 
promising a supplement of 52,400.00 per year plus M.A.F. dues. The 
call was found in order and placed in his hands upon his acceptance of 
the call a Commission composed of Ministers — M. J. McChesney, Charles 
W. Worth, Richard K. Johnson, L. A. Taylor and Ruling Elder Ivy 
Player with Wiley Batson as alternate was appointed. The date for 
the installation fixed for June 21, 1959 at 8:00 p.m. 

A call for the ministerial services of Rev. Randolph W. Graham from 
the Woodburn church was read, found in order and placed in his hands. 
The terms of the call state a cash salary of 54,200.00, plus M.A.F. dues 
and a vacation of one month. Attached to the call was promise of an 
annual supplement to the salary of $600.00 from the Committee of 
Home Missions. A commission was appointed for his installation on 
Sunday, June 14, 1959 at 8:00 p.m., composed of Ministers J. R. Mac- 
Kinnon, Richard K. Johnson, L. A. Taylor, and Ruling Elder John Hall. 

There being no further business before the meeting the min- 
utes were read and approved and the Presbytery adjourned with 
prayer. 

L. A. TAYLOR, Stated Clerk 



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STATED MEETING 

The 207th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Wilmington 
met at Jacksonville Presbyterian Church at 10:00 a.m., July 
21, 1959. 

Ruling Elder Albert F. Wells, Retiring Moderator, led the 
service of worship. The topic of his sermon was "The Ifs and 
If Nots of God." 

The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered by the 
Rev. W. P. Burns and the Rev. J. C. Wagner, assisted by Ruling 
Elders Royden Caulk, Jr., Jordan A. Sloan, John A. Clayton, 
Grady W. Gillenwater. 

The roll was called. The following ministers were enrolled: 

P. L. Clark, M. C. MacQueen, N. P. Farrior, W. H. Allison, L. A. 
Taylor, W. H. Goodman, W. F. F. Clark, J. F. Clark, M. J. McChesney, 
N. H. Flowers, L. C. Moore, C. L. Kirby, C. W. Worth, J. S. Walkup, 
H. H. Hilton, J. S. Russell, R. H. Erwin, H. B. Mitchell, R. K. Johnson, 
J. L. Stevenson, E. G. Connette, J. M. Irvine, C. H. McLean, D. B. Jen- 
kins, F. A. Elliott, L. W. Kessler, J. R. MacKinnon, I. H. Rawles, H. T. 
Lewis, W. H. Terry, W. E. Pauley, Chas. Williams, W. P. Burns, J. C. 
Wagner, W. M. Schotanus, R. W. Graham, F. M. Womack, H. L. Willis. 

The Ruling Elders from the following churches were enrolled: 

Acme, T. E. Burns; Antioch, Roydon Caulk, Jr.; Baker, Granger Tad- 
lock; Bethany, Jordan A. Sloan; Bethel, Cicero Lanier; Beulaville, Gard- 
ner Edwards; Black River, George S. Beatty; Calypso, Ed Lewis; Cape 
Fear, E. W. Wallace; Carolina Beach, D. N. Page; Caswell, Graham 
Shaw; Chadbourn, C. D. Carr; Chinquapin, G. F. Landen; Croatan, 
Charles T. Potter; Delgado, W. C. Scoggins; Elizabethtown, W. M. Flour- 
noy; Faison, W. H. McCullen; Graves Memorial, R. S. Gray, Jr.; Grove, 
R. V. Wells; Hallsville, James Miller; Harmony, J. L. Carr; Hopewell, 
Ernest Jones; Immanuel, Percy C. West; Jacksonville, G. W. Gillenwater; 
Lake Waccamaw, J. M. Council, Sr.; Maple Hill, S. A. Lanier; McClure 
Memorial, Albert F. Wells; Mt. Horeb, James Monroe; Mt. Olive, Tom 
McGee; Mt. Williams, R. A. Thigpen; Mt. Zion, M. L. Carr; Morehead 
City, H. L. Joslyn; Oak Grove, J. W. Vogels; Oak Plains, D. D. Williams; 
Pearsall Memorial, Melvar Pearsall; Pineland, Troy King; Pink Hill, 
H. A. Edwards; Pollocksville, James Bender; Rockfish, E. S. Williams; 
Rocky Point, H. L. Webb; St. Andrews-Covenant, Kenneth M. Corbett; 
Stanford, Simon Quinn; Teachey, J. B. Wells; Topsail, Harold Howard; 
Wallace, Clifton J. Knowles; Warsaw, J. P. Harmon; Westminster (White- 
ville), H. M. Leaman; Westminster (Wilmington), C. P. Gorman; Wild- 
wood, R. W. Davis; Wilmington First, Dan Dove, Jr.; Winter Park, 
W. L. Eason. 

The following churches did not send representatives: 

Ashwood, Beth Carr, Bladenboro, Bowden, Brunswick, Burgaw, Chapel 
on the Boardwalk, Clarkton, Currie, Elkton, Harper-Southerland, Hebron, 
Holly Grove, Myrtle Grove, New Hope, Oakdale, Pages Mill, Pike, Pleas- 
ant View, Potts Memorial, Smith, Southport, Stafford, Tabor City, Trinity, 
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Presbytery was constituted with prayer by the Moderator. 

The Rev. J. S. Walkup was elected Moderator; the Rev. D. B. 
Jenkins, Temporary Clerk. 

Ruling Elders attending for the first time were introduced as 
follows: E. W. Wallace, C. D. Carr, Charles T. Potter, James 
Bender, Dan Dove, Jr., W. L. Eason. 

The following ministers were introduced and invited to sit as 
visiting brothers: Dr. C. B. Johnstone and Chaplain W. P. Dona- 
hue. 

The Rev. Reid Erwin introduced his father, a Ruling Elder. 

The following deacons were guests of Presbytery: W. M. Beck, 
Byron Rose, Clayton Starnes, G. G. Thomas, D. L. Jones. 

Roger Home, Student Minister at Bladenboro, was a guest also. 

The Rev. W. M. Schotanus welcomed Presbytery to the 
Jacksonville Church. 

The Stated Clerk, Dr. L. A. Taylor, read the communications. 
They were as follows: 

1. From E. C. Scott, Stated Clerk of General Assembly, relative to the 
promotion the Presbyterian Survey. Rev. Wade H. Allison, a member of 
Synod's Committee was elected Presbytery's Promotional Chairman for 
the Presbyterian Survey. 

2. Copies of the proposed Revisions to the Book of Church Order. 
These were placed in the hands of a special committee composed of 1959 
commissioners to the General Assembly, C. H. McLean, Chairman; A. M. 
Daniel, G. F. Landen and Percy West. 

The docket was adopted as amended. 

The Rev. Walter Goodman, Chairman of the Committee on 
Higher Education, presented Charles R. Brindell, Edward Lewis, 
Jr., and Charles A. Norwood for examination as Candidates for 
the Gospel Ministry. He stated that their credentials were in 
order and had been approved and recommended by the Commit- 
tee on Higher Education. The Rev. M. C. MacQueen led the 
examination on "Experimental Religion and Motives for Seeking 
the Ministry." This examination was sustained as satisfactory. 
The Moderator propounded the Constitutional questions, deliv- 
ered a charge to the Candidates and led the Presbytery in prayer. 
They were enrolled as Candidates for the Gospel Ministry under 
the care of Wilmington Presbytery. Since Mr. Brindell does not 
have a college degree, Presbytery instructed Union Seminary to 
enroll him as a Special Student under the Extraordinary Clause 
of the Book of Church Order. 

The Rev. M. J. McChesney, Chairman of the Commission on 
the Minister and His Work, read the letters of transfer for Candi- 
dates James E. Atwood, Everglades Presbytery; George Sowerby, 

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Southwest Florida Presbytery, UP-USA; and Leland Richardson, 
Fayette ville Presbytery. They were rceived and admitted to 
examination for Licensure and Ordination. Mr. Adolph Oterson, 
Jr., a Candidate under the care of this Presbytery was also ad- 
mitted to examination for Licensure and Ordination. 

The Rev. Walter Goodman reported that the men were grad- 
uates of colleges and of Seminary; that the assigned literary parts 
were in order and approved as follows: 

Adolph Oterson : Thesis : "Calvin's Doctrine of the Atonement" 
Exegesis: Romans 3:24-26 

James E. Atwood: Thesis: "The Formation and the Authority 
of the Protestant Canon" 

Exegesis: Romans 5:18-20 
George Sowerby: Thesis: "The Protestant Canon" 

Exegesis: Amos 5:1-6 
Leland Richardson: Thesis: "The Protestant Canon" 
Exegesis: Romans 12:1-3 

The Rev. M. C. MacOueen led the examination on "Experi- 
mental Religion and Motives for Seeking the Ministry." The 
Examination was sustained as satisfactory. 

The Rev. D. B. Jenkins led the Examination on "Theology." 
It was sustained as satisfactory. 

The Rev. E. G. Connette led the examination on "Church 
Government and the Sacraments." It was sustained as satis- 
factory. 

The Rev. H. H. Hilton led the examination on "English Bible." 
It was sustained as satisfactory. 

Mr. Richardson preached a sermon on Luke 19:11-27 

Mr. Oterson preached a sermon on John 19:17-18 

Mr. Atwood preached a sermon on Mark 8:27-38 

Mr. Sowerby preached a sermon on Acts 8:26-40 

The examinations as a whole were sustained as satisfactory and 
the Candidates enrolled as members of Presbytery upon the sign- 
ing of the obligations. 

The Moderator appointed the following Standing Committees: 

Leave of Absence: Rev. I. H. Rawles, C. D. Carr, James Bender 
Place of Next Meeting: Rev. R. K. Johnson, J. C. Monroe, Dan Dove, 

Jr. 
Resolutions of Thanks: Rev. C. L. Kirby, E. W. Wallace, W. L. Eason 

Presbytery recessed for lunch with the Prayer of Thanks being 
offered by the Rev. Walter Goodman. 

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Presbytery reconvened at 2:00 p.m. with prayer by the 
Moderator. 

The calls to the men were read and approved as follows: 

George Sowerby to the Topsail Church. Terms: $2,000.00 salary per 
annum with supplement from the Home Missions Committee to bring 
salary to the Presbytery minimum. Manse and M.A.F. participation. 

Leland A. Richardson to the Myrtle Grove Church. Terms: $2,100.00, 
$150.00 car allowance, M.A.F. participation and a month's vacation 
annually. 

Oak Grove Church. Terms: $2,100.00, $150.00 car allowance, 
manse and M.A.F. participation. 

James E. Atwood to the Wallace Church. Terms: $5,000.00 per 
annum with manse and M.A.F. participation. 

Adolph Oterson, Jr., to Pike and Rocky Point Churches. Terms: Pike, 
$900.00; Rocky Point, $1,740.00 with manse and all utilities, $300.00 
travel allowances, annual vacation and M.A.F. participation. Supple- 
ment by Presbytery's Home Mission Funds to minimum set by Presbytery. 

The calls were placed in their hands and they indicated their 
acceptance. 

The following commissions were appointed to ordain and in- 
stall: 

1. Adolph Oterson, Jr. — Pike and Rocky Point Churches at Rocky 
Point August 2 at 8:00 p.m. 

Dr. L. A. Taylor to preside; The Rev. H. H. Hilton to preach the ser- 
mon; The Rev. E. G. Connette, Jr., to charge the pastor; Ruling Elder 
Elder E. F. Thompson to charge the congregation; Ruling Elder Adolph 
Oterson, Sr., Alternate. 

2. James E. Atwood— Wallace Church, July 26, 8:00 p.m. The Rev. 
Charles McChesney, Dr. L. A. Taylor, The Rev. Wade Allison, The Rev. 
Will Terry, Alternate, Ruling Elder Luther Powell. Presbytery invited 
Dr. James Appleby, Richmond, Virginia, The Rev. Neil R. McGeachy, 
Statesville, N. C, to participate on the Commission. 

3. George Sowerby — Topsail Church, July 26, 8:00 p.m. 

The R.ev. Ed. Connette to preach the sermon; The Rev. F. A. Elliott 
to charge the minister and to preside; Ruling Elder Roy Thomas, H. H. 
Howard, Alternate. 

4. Leland Richardson — Oak Grove and Myrtle Grove Churches at 
Myrtle Grove Church August 2, 8:00 p.m. 

The Rev. J. R. MacKinnon to preside; The Rev. Will Terry to preach 
the sermon; The Rev. W. E. Pauley to charge the minister; A. E. 
Gibson to charge the congregation. 

Mr. Leslie N. Boney, Jr., presented the Report of Presbytery's 
Council. It was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF PRESBYTERY'S COUNCIL 
The Council of Wilmington Presbytery submits the following report: 

The Council met in a full membership session July 10, 1959 and 
the Executive Committee met on one other occasion January 19, 1959. 

To the best of my knowledge we have discharged the primary assign- 
ments of Presbytery. 

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In the beginning I would like to call your attention to the other men 
and women who form vour Presbytery's Council; Dr, B. F. Hall, the 
Rev. Wade H. Allison, the Rev. J. S. Walk-up, the Rev. M. J. McChesney, 
the Rev. N. P. Farrior, Mrs. Adolph Otersen, Mrs. Frank A. Elliott, Mr. 
James P. Harris. Mr. E. Walker Stevens, Mr. Charles R. Brindell, Mr. 
John T. Talbert, Jr., Miss Pat Mallard, Dr. L. A. Taylor, ex-officio. 

Stewardship 

In each report made during the three years your attention has been 
called to the stewardship efforts of our Presbyter}'. 

John T. Talbert, Jr., Deacon in the First Presbyterian Church, Wil- 
mington, N. C is Chairman of Stewardship in our Presbytery and is to 
be commended for the zeal and enthusiasm he shows for this work. If 
our recommendation for a full stewardship committee is adopted, it will 
be composed of John T. Talbert, Jr., Chairman; Rev. David B. Jenkins; 
Rev. Charles L. Kirby and Rev. John R. MacKinnon. 

Mr. Talbert has made special plans for the fall budget season and in 
connection with these efforts it is requested that Mr. Talbert be heard in 
connection with this report. 

Evangelism 

Fhe year 1958 was a very poor year in evangelism in our Presbytery. 
For the first time in a period of nearly fourteen years our Presbytery 
sustained a loss instead of a gain in members. Our record has been grow- 
ing steadily worse over the last three years. In 1956 the net increase 
was 373, in 1957 it was 84, and in 1958 a net loss of 55. 

A total of 907 members were received and 962 were dismissed, or 
retired or died. The Committee on Evangelism has taken note of the 
loss and has made plans for this year which we hope will turn the loss 
into a gain. Our Sunday School enrollment however shows a gain of 259. 
This compares with a loss of 31 in 195 7 and a gain of 561 in 1956. 

Pastors and Churches 

During the period from July 1, 1958 to July 1, 1959, the Presbytery 
has received and installed 12 pastors and dismissed 4 to other Presby- 
teries. In addition to the pastors installed we now have four Candidates 
who have completed the requirements for Ordination at the July meeting 
of the Presbytery. These men are now serving pastorates in the Presby- 
ter}" from which they have received calls. As of July 1, 1959 all 
churches are being served by pastors or stated supplies. We anticipate 
two vacancies in July when Rev. Eugene Davis and Mr. Kimbro leave 
their present work. 

Minister and His Work 

Our Commission on the Minister and His Work and the Executive 
Secretary, Dr. Taylor in particular are to be commended for their diligent 
efforts to assist the churches of the Presbyter}" in securing pastors for the 
churches. Our turn-over among pastors is high, but usually the vacancies 
have been filled in comparatively short time. 

Ministers Salaries 
In this connection it is felt that the needs of those who serve us as 
ordained ministers should be provided for more adequately. In 1958 the 
Synod adopted resolutions looking toward some relief for pastors in the 
cost of operating an automobile and other expenses. In 1958 our 
Presbyter}" approved those resolutions. Mr. George Mitchell, Ruling Elder, 
First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N. G, is Presbytery's representa- 
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has done some excellent work already. A number of churches have in- 
creased the salaries of pastors and some increased their allowances for 
automobile use and also for insurance and hospitalization. 

The Council is making certain recommendations in this regard. We 
also respectfully request that Presbytery consider the special report which 
Mr. Mitchell will present to you in person. 

Christian Education 

The Committee on Christian Education has conducted an excellent 
program throughout the Presbytery and has given particular emphasis to 
the need for increased training and leadership among Sunday School 
teachers and church officers. 

During the year Presbytery has held four camps for pioneers, a con- 
ference for Senior Highs, two Area Leadership Training Schools, one 
Vacation Church School Directors Institute and one Institute for Teachers. 

The need for a Presbytery Camp and Conference Center continues to 
grow and the Council has requested this special committee to make its 
report to Presbytery regarding the site selection and fund campaign. 

Men and Women of the Church 

The work of the Women as well as the Men of the Church continues 
to grow and the leaders of these groups are to be commended for their 
service. Your attention is invited to the Fall Rally of the Men of Wil- 
mington Presbytery which will be held September 22 at St. Andrews- 
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, N. C. 

Executive Secretary 
Our able Executive Secretary, Dr. L. A. Taylor, has continued to 
serve the Presbytery in a selfless, devoted and outstanding manner. A 
detailed report of his activities has been made to the Council and he has 
been very heartily commended for his continued outpouring of his time, 
his talent, and himself to the work of the Kingdom in our Presbytery. 

Audit 

Mr. William E. Perdew, a member of the firm of Brand and Perdew, 
Certified Public Accountants was present at the July 10 Presbytery Coun- 
cil meeting by invitation and made a report on the audits of the books of 
the Central Treasurer of Benevolences, Treasurer of Presbytery's Con- 
tingent Fund, Treasurer of Presbytery's Office, Treasurer of the Home 
Mission Committee, and Treasurer of the Church and Manse Funds. He 
stated that the reports of receipts and disbursements made by the Treas- 
urers to the January 1959 meeting of Presbytery and printed in the min- 
utes of that meeting were correct in all the essentials except: (1) The 
report of disbursements to the Assembly Causes (page 28 of the 205th 
session of Presbytery) omitted the Cause of Annuities and Relief which 
received the sum of $6,510.10. However that sum was included in the 
total for the Assembly Causes. Obviously the omission was an error in 
printing, £2) The Report indicates that the Home Mission Committee 
received the sum of $28,867.91 from the Central Treasurer of Bene- 
volences whereas the report of the Home Mission Committee indicates 
receipts of $27,867.91. This difference is accounted for by the fact 
that although $28,867.01 was disbursed to the Treasurer of Home Mis- 
sions he did not receive the last $1,000.00 until after his books had 
closed for the year 1958. This will be reflected in the 1959 report of 
the Treasurer of Home Missions. A further report will be made by the 
Audit Committee at the next regular meeting of Presbytery. 

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Recommendations 

With these remarks we submit the following recommendations: 

1. That a Fund Campaign be held in 1960 for Presbytery's Camp and 
Conference Center, if the way be clear. 

2. That Presbytery authorize a Committee on Stewardship within 
Presbytery's Council giving the Council permission to select the 
members. 

3. That effective January 1, 1960 all calls issued by churches to pas- 
tors should include as minimum compensation an annual salary 
of $4,000.00, and automobile allowance of $300.00, and insur- 
ance and medical care for the Minister and his family equivalent 
to that offered to the churches by the Board of Annuities and 
Relief. 

4. That prior to the date when the church budgets are adopted for 
1960 and annually thereafter, all churches be requested to review 
the salary and professional expenses paid to the pastor and that 
the Stated Clerk mail information to all pastors, Stated Clerks of 
Sessions and Board of Deacons. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LESLIE N. BONEY, JR., Chairman 
Presbytery's Council 

Mr. John Talbot presented the report of the Stewardship Com- 
mittee. It was adopted as follows: 

PRESBYTERY STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT 

TO 

WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY 

July 21, 1959 

Our apportionment of the General Assembly's askings for 1960 is 
$109,570.00. That is broken down as follows: 

World Mission $54,033.00 

Church Extension 21,752.00 

Christian Education 10,616.00 

Annuities & Relief 6,069.00 

General Funds 16,819.00 

Inter-Church Agencies 281.00 



Total $109,570.00 

Our apportionment of the Synod's askings for 1960 is $76,821.00. 
That is broken down as follows: 

Church Extension $ 7,517.00 

Presbyterian Home 3,320.00 

Barium Springs 16,229.00 

Christian Education 4,302.00 

Educational Institutions 37,252.00 

Campus Christian Life 4,988.00 

Guidance Center 1,239.00 

Inter-Church Agencies 460.00 

Contingent Salary Fund 1,514.00 



Total $76,821.00 

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You, of course, realize that these figures are not pulled out of the air. 
For instance, the Board of World Missions will prepare their Annual 
Budget and submit it to the General Council for its consideration. Any 
fat in the budget, in the opinion of the Council, is eliminated. It has been 
indicated that their askings are the minimum required to do the work 
that Our Lord has called them to do. Even so, each item is considered 
individually by the General Council. The same is accomplished by the 
Board of Church Extension as well as the other causes enumerated at 
Assembly level. When the General Council has thoroughly considered 
the budget of each cause, the members prepare their proposed budget 
and submit it then to the General Assembly. There again, the budget 
of the Board of World Missions and Church Extension and the others 
get another going over. Following this, the General Assembly comes up 
with their total askings for the year. 

Similarly, at the Synod level, Dick Short, for instance, will appear 
before the Synod's Council to present the Budget prepared for the 
Presbyterian Home. Synod's Council will consider each and every item 
in that budget and question Dick Short regarding the request, as well 
as other phases of the operation of the Home that might affect the budget. 
The same is true of Barium Springs, Church Extension, and the other 
causes. 

After Synod's Council has considered each item in each budget sub- 
mitted, the members will total up these figures and arrive at Synod's pro- 
posed budget for the year. Then Synod's Council will, at a regular meet- 
ing of Synod, present in detail, that proposed budget. You ministers 
are more familiar than I with the consideration given the items of the 
budget on the floor of Synod. 

Synod has already adopted the apportionments of Assembly and Synod 
Causes for 1960, which include Wilmington Presbytery's apportionment 
as indicated above. 

General Assembly and Synod askings are apportioned to the Presby- 
terys on a 1/3 formula. That is, 1/3 on membership, 1/3 on the 
average giving to benevolences for the past three years and, 1/3 on the 
average giving to benevolences and current expenses for the past three 
years. 

It has been reported by Mr. Leslie Boney, jr., Chairman of the 
Presbytery Council, that the Council met on July 10, 1959. The Ex- 
penses within Wilmington Presbytery were scrutinized at that time. The 
following are expenditures of Presbytery causes which should be con- 
sidered along with General Assembly and Synod askings: 

Home Missions $ 50,005.00 

Office of Presbytery 11,265.00 

Camp and Conference Center 3,000.00 

Christian Education 1,550.00 

Total $65,820.00 

In the past, we have recommended that the askings be adopted as 
our budget for the coming year. At the Meeting of Presbytery in July 
1957 we adopted a budget of $268,969.00 almost without question. 
Presbytery directed the Stewardship Committee to break down this budget 
using the 1/3 formula. This, of course, was done. Our gifts to the 
$268,969.00 budget were $140,432.00, 52% of the adopted budget. 

Last July we adopted a budget in the amount of $276,115.00, again 
almost without question. Acceptance by our Churches indicate that we 
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adopted budget. These acceptances for 1959 are from 49 churches 
which is to say that 32 churches in Wilmington Presbytery took no action 
at all upon this budget, after having adopted the same on the floor of 
Presbytery last July. It has been reported to you previously that this 
is one of our great weaknesses — lack of participation. 

Year after year we have approved budgets on the floor of Wilmington 
Presbytery and then have gone home and done little or nothing to present 
this challenge to our people. I submit to you that Christian Stewardship 
in Wilmington Presbytery has failed in the past to enlist the full support 
of local Pastors, Elders, Deacons, and Congregations. 

We would like to point out that our per capita giving to all causes 
for the year 1958 was $70.69, the average for the Synod was $86.14 
and for the General Assembly $92.09. I do not believe that this repre- 
sents our ability to give or our devotion. I do not believe that Our 
Lord has called us to do a job and failed to provide us with the where- 
withal!, including funds, to do that job. Our people have not given as 
they were able to give because they have not been informed. If you 
agree with this then you will agree that we should not adopt the 
askings of General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery as our budget for 
1960 and then proceed to raise only 50% of it as we have done year 
after year. Adopting figures on the floor of Presbytery does not mean 
anything unless we are willing to go home and do something about them. 

What can we do when we go back to our churches? 
Your Stewardship Committee has established three goals: 

1. To present the total program of the Church to every Session and 
Board of Deacons. 

2. To familiarize churches with canvass methods in order that the 
total program of the church may be presented in every home. 

3. To challenge each local church to increase percentagewise, its 
benevolent giving. 

Now you have gathered that your Stewardship Committee is not going 
to recommend that you adopt a budget at this time. We do recommend 
the adoption of a plan for accomplishing these three goals. 

Your Stewardship Committee would like to make the following recom- 
mendations: 

1. We recommend that this plan for an Every Church Canvass be 
adopted. 

2. We recommend that the Stewardship Committee be directed to carry 
out the Every Church Canvass in accordance with the schedule 
shown on the attached sheet. 

3. We recommend that the Stewardship Committee be directed to 
select 20 Ministers and 20 Laymen to participate in the Every 
Church Canvass. 

4. We recommend that the Pastors of local churches be directed to 
call an official joint meeting of Elders and Deacons to receive the 
presentation from the representatives of Presbytery on the pre- 
arranged date. 

5. That all churches report their accepted goal by December 1. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN T. TALBERT, JR., Chairman 
Presbytery Stewardship Committee 

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Mr. George Mitchell, a member of Synod's Special Commit- 
tee on Pastor's Salaries was heard. His report was adopted as 
follows : 

REPORT ON PASTOR'S SALARIES 
Synod's Committee of Laymen, appointed in 1957 to Study Ministers 
Salaries, made its first report and recommendations to Synod in 1958. 
These recommendations were approved by Synod and formally placed 
before the October 1958 meeting of Wilmington Presbytery and there 
approved. As the representative from this Presbytery on that Committee, 
I am privileged to make this further report and to speak on the recom- 
mendations just placed before you by Presbytery's Council. 

The other Presbyteries in the Synod of North Carolina also concurred 
in the Committee's 1958 recommendations, which included: 

The reimbursement of pastoral expenses incurred by ministers; Hos- 
pital and Medical Expense Insurance for ministers and their families; 
book and periodical expense allowance. 

Tangible and highly commendable results have already been obtained, 
in a preliminary way, along these lines in Wilmington Presbytery, as indi- 
cated by requests made at your January and April meetings by churches, 
some fifteen and more in number, for the approval of salary increases 
and, either or both, automobile allowances and group insurance. 

Similar progress is being made in other Presbyteries in the Synod. 

Our Committe made its second report to Synod last month. In that 
report it urged: 

1 . That our churches establish the policy of an annual review of 
their ministers salaries and professional expenses; 2. That Synod's pro- 
gram be continued until its general objectives are accomplished; 3. That 
each Presbytery in the Synod establish a Committee of Laymen to work 
in collaboration with Synod's Committee under its Presbytery's repre- 
sentative thereon. 

Speaking directly on the recommendations of your Council, I would 
say that the setting of a minimum salary for Ministers of $4,000.00, 
and of a minimum automobile allowance of $300.00 per annum, and pro- 
viding insurance by the churches to the minister and his family, is sim- 
ply pin-pointing in a tangible and practical way the objectives of the 
program in accordance with the action of Presbytery last October. Synod's 
Committee heartily endorses this approach and hopes Presbytery will 
adopt such recommendations. It is certainly a start in the right direction. 
With economic conditions changing from year to year as they have been 
doing, it is only right that an annual review be made by each church of 
its minister's salary and professional expenses when it considers each 
yearly budget, rather than let these vital matters go unconsidered from 
year to year. 

After the Council's recommendations are acted upon, I would like, on 
behalf of Synod's Committee, to propose that a committee of five (5) 
laymen be appointed, one from each of Presbytery's five districts, to assist 
our Committee of Synod in carrying out its program, as indicated. 

I thank Presbytery for its affirmative action in connection with Coun- 
cil's recommendation. 

I would now place before Presbytery a proposal to appoint a commit- 
tee of five C5) laymen, one from each of its five districts, to function co- 
incident with Synod's Committee, to consist of the following: 

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District #1 — W. G. Houck, Wilmington 

#2 — D. M. Calhoun, Elizabethtown 
#3 — L. H. Parmele, Jacksonville 
#4 — Clifton Knowles, Wallace 
#5 — Walker Stevens, Warsaw 

GEORGE L. MITCHELL 

The Rev. John Irvine presented the report of the Christian 
Education Committee regarding the Camp and Conference Cen- 
ter. It was adopted as follows: 

CAMP PROCUREMENT SUBCOMMITTEE 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE 
WILMINGTON PRESBYTERY 
The Camp Procurement Subcommittee was authorized by Wilmington 
Presbytery at its fall meeting in 1957, and set up by the Christian Educa- 
tion Committee shortly thereafter. Its task was to select an adequate 
camp and conference site for recommendation to the Presbytery. The 
Subcommittee held its first meeting January 5, 1958, and its final meet- 
ing June 13, 1959. In between those dates it has met frequently and 
inspected nearly thirty sites. The members of the Subcommittee have 
examined numerous contour maps, soil maps, aerial photographs, and 
other aids in trying to arrive at the most suitable location. These mem- 
bers have driven countless miles, spent hours in the field in all kinds of 
weather, and have even on occasion flown over campsites in order to 
get the fullest information possible. We have sought advice on several 
occasions from men beyond our bounds who are experts in this field. 
Your Subcommittee has endeavored to discharge its duties faithfully. 

We are unanimous in our feeling that, taking all things into con- 
sideration, the site which we already own at Watha is the best available 
site. Therefore, we recommend: 

That Presbytery proceed to develop the Watha site it already owns: 

(a) Including an adequate swimming pool; 

(b) Developing a lake to add beauty to the site; 

(c) Investigating the possibility of adding more land on the northern 
side of Lewis' Creek to insure greater privacy for the "Beauty 

Spots" along our side of the creek. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN M. IRVINE, JR., Chairman 
FRANK A. ELLIOTT 
WILLIAM E. PAULEY 
WILLIAM B. BEERY III 
DAYTON J. LANIER 

THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE, in called meeting on 
July 7, approved this report and its recommendations with no dissenting 
votes and one abstention (Rev. Russell). The Committee recommends 
the Subcommittee's recommendation to Presbytery, and voted unanimously 
to make the following additional recommendation: 

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That the Christian Education Committee be permitted to set up a 
Camp Development Subcommittee, including: 

(a) A Program Division 

(b) A Construction Division 

(c) A Finance Division 

and that the Christian Education Committee be allowed to add other 
members to this subcommittee. 

Reasons for Our Recommendation: 

I. Privacy 

No other adequate and available site has its lake completely enclosed 
by property the camp would own. 

The Subcommittee feels that this is a prime consideration. One can 
picture the shattering effect upon a vesper service by the lakeside should 
a motorboat suddenly roar across the lake. Only if the entire lake is 
owned and there is no access to it save through the camp grounds can we 
insure against distractions caused by boats, motor sounds, fishermen, 
water skiiers, or swimmers. 

It is this consideration which has led the Subcommittee not to seek a 
site on the beach or on the sound. We face in the years immediately 
ahead a population explosion, and a concomitant boom in boating already 
under way. Twenty-five years from now such interruptions in not only 
worship but other phases of the camping program will likely be common- 
place, no matter where the camp is located on sound or beach. We feel 
that we should not jeopardize the future of our church camping and 
conference program in this way. 

Furthermore, the insect problem at the sound or on the beach could 
also be very disruptive, particularly to outdoor evening programs. 

At Watha the proposed lake Q4 acres) will not be very large, but 
it will be private — and so we may hope it will breathe that sense of 
peace and quiet essential to a worshipful camp or conference experience. 

II. Beauty 

Our experience at Lake Singletary, with vespers on the pier, and the 
great sense of spaciousness which adds to the feeling of the immensity 
and nearness of the Almighty, has led us to desire something similar in 
our camp site. We feel that a place where one can see a wide stretch 
of sky is very desirable for outdoor worship. This is not at present 
available in the Watha site. However, the creation of a 14-acre lake will 
help considerably, as well as the clearing of a recreation field. The Sub- 
committee strongly feels that although the Watha lake cannot be used for 
swimming, it should be cleared and dammed early in the development of 
the camp, for the sake of the beauty of the site as a whole, and for the 
feeling of distance or spaciousness. 

There is one other factor which weighs strongly in favor of the site 
at Watha. There is a beauty to large trees (and park-like glades) which 
helps to make a kind of "cathedral effect" in the woods. At the Watha 
site there are a number of places along the draws where fine hardwoods, 
particularly beeches, have been left standing. These occur where the 
land dips down in natural amphitheatres or coves, and in some places 
higher on the ridges also. In this respect Watha is superior to anything 
we have seen save the site near Elizabethtown, where we were not able 
to acquire enough land adjoining the site offered to us by Mr. Powell of 
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and large will be coming from areas where pine woods are predominant, 
and they will find these forested spots quite different, almost like the 
mountains. 

III. Accessibility 

The Watha site is perhaps the best-located of any site at which we 
have looked with respect to this factor. 

A paved road runs along one edge of the site; fortunately, this is the 
more remote edge with respect to the main land area of the site. Power 
and telephone will be easily accessible from this road. Although a U. S. 
highway runs nearby, the woods provide effective privacy from sounds of 
the traffic over most of the site. Food services, a hospital, and doctors 
are available in Burgaw, approximately six miles away. 

Furthermore, this site is almost in the center of the Presbytery. 

IV. Water 

This was the crux of the matter which has postponed the building of 
our camp and conference center for two years. The expense of providing 
an adequate swimming pool has driven us to look for another way out, 
since the proposed lake at Watha was declared unacceptable for swimming 
by the State Board of Health. 

The Subcommittee regrets the necessity of building a swimming pool. 
However, we feel that there are several decided advantages in having one 
from the beginning: 

(a) Safety. If the pool is properly designed, it will provide by far 
the safest swimming conditions for children and youth. Only a 
person who has had the responsibility of being life guard at the 
Lake Singletary Pioneer Camp can tell of the constant fear that 
someone would drown and his body be lost for a time in the 
black waters of that lake. 

(b) Health. If the pool is properly constructed, with State Board of 
Health specifications written into the contract for its construc- 
tion, we can be assured of the operation of the pool without 
health troubles for years to come. 

(c) Appeal. A swimming pool is something "different" for most of 
the youth of our area, and as such would have a unique kind 
of appeal. 

V. Size 

The Watha site has 142 acres. Take out 14 acres for the lake and 
we still have 128 acres of land which is virtually all usable. American 
Camping Association standards, which the Boy Scouts and other outdoor 
groups follow, call for a minimum of an acre per projected camper. 
Everyone who has advised us out of wide experience in this field has said 
this is a wise standard, and in no case to start with less than 100 acres. 
Miss Louanna Roach of the Board of Christian Education, who sat in on 
a recent meeting of the Christian Education Committee, had this to say: 
"We are just on the edge of finding out how marvelous a tool church 
camping can be for the total program of the church." 

We are often asked, "Why an acre per camper? How will you ever 
use all that land?" Church camping is moving more and more towards 
decentralized camping in small groups which require privacy from one 
another as they study, cook out, even camp out in the woods. The first 
function of the acre-per-camper rule is that it provides privacy for sev- 
eral groups in several different places. 

Furthermore, we would hope to make multiple use of the land. Per- 
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in Wilmington Presbytery that we would want to have a conference, a 
camp, and a church picnic all taking place at the same time. In order 
to allow for multiple use of our facilities we need adequate space so that 
people from one group will not be overrunning — and disturbing — people 
in another group. 

It is possible to have a conference in a small space. It is not possible 
to have church camping as we have come to know it today in a small 
space. 

Finally, a tract of land this size will allow us some leeway for what- 
ever the future may bring in new approaches to the church-out-of-doors. 
We feel that it is wrong to limit our camping program to what we know 
now by acquiring only enough land to sustain a small conference and 
pinched camping program. The Watha site stands well in respect to size. 

EVALUATION OF REJECTED SITES: 

1. Lake Waccamaw. This site consisted of 280 acres, of which only 
about 5 5 were actually usable; the rest was dense bay. The price 
was $20,000. It had a very desirable frontage of a mile on the 
lake, allowing some protection, and was in the most remote corner 
of the lake; but for that reason it would have provided an ideal 
landing place for boats, posing a growing problem in the years 
ahead. A swimming hole would have had to be dug out by drag- 
line, or a prohibitively long pier constructed to reach deep water. 

Furthermore, the accessibility of this site was rather difficult: 
eight miles over dirt roads which would have been choking with 
dust in dry summers, and questionable of access after bad rainy 
spells. To reach this site with power and communications would 
have been very expensive, and would be continuously expensive 
with regard to telephone communications for some time to come 
(expensive annual rental fee for telephone lines on power poles). 
The site had excellent privacy from the landward side; perhaps too 
good. In many ways it is a beautiful location. We took the 
Christian Education Committee to see it, and their negative reac- 
tion surprised us. The ladies on the committee did not like the 
idea of having their daughters so far back in the country, and they 
were highly dubious about the long drive in. 

2. Clear Pond. This site near Pretty Pond in Brunswick County had 
a fine natural lake in a protected watershed and was suitable 
private. Power and communications were not too difficult. A fair 
road led past it. The site is owned by Mr. George L. Buist of 
Charleston, S. C, and there were indications that it would have 
been available at a reasonable price. The lake was nearly 30 acres 
in extent, 12 feet deep at the deepest spot. However, the State 
Board of Health advised us against it as this pond has been known 
to drop many feet in occasional drought summers, leaving several 
smaller ponds. On that score we rejected this attractive site. 

3. Elizabethtoivn. This site was an offer of about 46 acres of astonish- 
ingly beautiful forest located on land including steep hills and 
attractive river-bottom, free, from Ruling Elder J. R. Powell of the 
Elizabethtown church. These trees were of great size and age. 
However, a swimming pool would probably have been necessary in 
this tract due to no really adequate location for a dam. No ad- 
joining land was available and so this site was ruled out on ac- 
count of size. 

Then Mr. Powell again generously offered, free, a site of nearly 
sixty acres on another part of his land, including an old dam 

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which had broken out and a potential lake-site which would have 
been in the shape of a Y. This land, although recently harvested 
of its finest hardwoods, was still very attractive, and a good stream 
flowed through it. A neighboring tract of land of 63 acres was 
available for $7,000 but much of this was under cultivation, and 
thus useless to our purposes for a while, and some of it — about a 
dozen acres — was located on the wrong side of the highway, across 
from the main tract. It is not desirable to have a highway cross 
one's campsite. The Subcommittee felt that this tract would not 
have been a good investment for these reasons. The possibility of 
some fairly desirable land on the other side of Mr. Powell's property 
was investigated but it is not available for purchase. The water- 
shed here is very complex, running in many directions, crossing 
several roads, and if not at present contaminated by runoff from 
places where pigs or cattle are kept, there is a good possibility for 
this in the future. Therefore, a secure swimming lake, saving the 
cost of a swimming pool, was highly dubious in this area. In view 
of this fact, and the inadequate size of available land, after due 
consideration the Subcommittee did not feel enough would be 
gained to choose this site over the Watha site. The Subcommittee 
would like to go on record as very appreciative of the splendid 
generosity of Mr. Powell, and commend him for his keen interest 
in this program of the Presbytery. 

4. Kerr. This site, owned by a Wilmington lumber company, was 
another former lake with a blown-out dam, like the Watha and 
Elizabethtown sites. But the watershed crossed the highway and 
would some day probably have been unsafe. Forestation of this 
site was fair. In view of the uncertain purity of water we re- 
jected this site. 

5. Pretty Pond. This lake of about 60 acres is owned by the Girl 
Scouts and is located near Orton in Brunswick County. Its water 
level is subject to fluctuation in dry years, with a rather severe 
drop. The availability of this site is uncertain, and so we ruled 
it out. It has been developed to a degree and this would not 
necessarily have stood in our way, although its development would 
raise its cost and was not adequate for our anticipated program. 

We looked at several sites on the North East Cape Fear River 
and also on the Cape Fear River, but all of these were subject to 
flooding at times. Swimming in these rivers is uncertain because 
of the danger of future contamination, and is somewhat dangerous. 
We visited Page's Mill, on the western border of the Presbytery, 
but it is highly developed in a way unsuitable to our purposes. 

This report covers only those sites which we felt were worthy 
of second consideration. 

It was moved that the Moderator appoint a committee to write 
a letter of thanks to Elder J. R. Powell in Elizabethtown for his 
generous offer to the Presbytery. The Moderator appointed John 
Irvine and Dr. L. A. Taylor. 

The report of the General Fund Agencies was presented by the 
Rev. D. B. Jenkins. It was adopted as follows: 

ANNUAL REPORT OF GENERAL FUND AGENCIES 

Many Presbyterians, including pastors of local churches, are not aware 
of the various ways in which the General Fund Agencies serve. The 

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General Fund is one of the six General Assembly causes, along with 
World Missions, Church Extension, Christian Education, Annuities and 
Relief, and Interchurch Agencies. 

The General Fund consists of nine separate agencies whose support 
is combined into one item of the General Assembly budget. Those 
agencies are : 

1. Board of Women's Work — This Board is responsible for planning, 
guiding, promoting and providing materials for the work of nearly 3,500 
local Women of the Church groups whose purpose is to encourage, train, 
and provide opportunities for approximately 350,000 Presbyterian women 
to participate in the total life of the Church. The official publication of 
this Board, "Presbyterian Women", plays an integral part in the ongoing 
work of the Church. 

2. The General Council — The function of the General Council is 
probably best known to the local Church because of the help it provides 
there. It promotes the stewardship program throughout the Church on 
the Synod level, with Area Stewardship conferences, on the Presbytery 
level, with training and promotion materials, and on the local level, by 
providing the necessary tools for the stewardship program. It supervises 
the Assembly's benevolent budget for all boards and agencies, and pub- 
licises the total work of the Church. It co-ordinates and promotes 
the program of the Church, and provides training in publicity. One of 
the important services is the printing of the Presbyterian Bulletins at a 
minimum cost of one cent each. 

3. Presbyterian School of Christian Education — This institution, for- 
merly known as The General Assembly's Training School for Lay Work- 
ers, became officially known by this new name on July 1, 1959. With 
the changing of the name there is also a growing change in emphasis. 
The enrollment shows an increasing number of men who are interested 
in serving Christ's Church in the capacity of Directors of Christian 
Education. This is indeed a wholesome sign in the area of Christian 
Education in our Church. Dr. Patrick H. Carmichael will retire this 
September after serving as Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Christian 
Education for twelve years. Dr. Malcolm C. Mclver will leave the 
Board of Christian Education to assume the duties of Dean on Septem- 
ber 1, 1959. 

4. Mountain Retreat Association — Montreat is the conference grounds 
where General Assembly conferences each summer promote the total pro- 
gram of the Church. It is also a favorite vacation spot for Church 
families who wish to enjoy the atmosphere of Christian fellowship and 
inspiration. 

5. TRAV — The most significant development in the General Fund 
Agencies in recent years has been made by the Committee on Television, 
Radio & Audio-visuals. TRAV was established by the 1958 General 
Assembly as the result of a growing awareness of the opportunities to 
present the Gospel of Christ through the various means of mass communi- 
cation. This agency is serving the Church by producing the Presbyterian 
series for "The Protestant Hour", by enlarging the resources of radio 
and television programs being produced at the Protestant Radio and 
Television Center in Atlanta, and distributing these to networks and local 
stations, and by producing films, film strips, sound recordings, and visual 
aids for use in the local Church. 

6. Stilhnan College — Located at Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Stillman is the 
only Negro College owned and controlled by our Church. It is providing 
a four year liberal arts and sciences education, which is thoroughly 

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grounded in the Christian faith, for its students. It is now accredited 
by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 

7. The Historical Foundation — The fire proof building, and the micro- 
filming program at the Historical Foundation in Montreat provide a place 
of safe-keeping for important and historical documents and records of our 
Church. More than 40,000 books and thousands of pamphlets are stored 
there. A collection of old Communion services is of interest and historical 
significance. The most recent requests have been for published sermons 
by preachers now serving in the pastorate. 

8. The American Bible Society — The Bible has now been translated 
into 1,125 languages, published and distributed throughout sixty countries 
by the Bible Society. By providing Bibles, New Testaments, and portions 
of the Bible at a minimum cost, this work of putting God's Word into 
the hands of millions of people continues to extend the Gospel into all 
the world. Our support of the work of the American Bible Society is 
in cooperation with fifty-one other Protestant denominations. 

9. Presbyterian Foundation — The purpose of the Foundation is to re- 
ceive, hold, invest and distribute bequests and gifts from donors for all 
the boards and institutions of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. By 
making available to pastors and local Churches for distribution to able 
men and women the publication "The Christian Will", this agency en- 
deavors to encourage Christians to bear testimony to their faith by includ- 
ing the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ in their wills and bequests. 

The General Fund dollar is wisely invested in the Kingdom's work. 
But it is divided into many pieces by the nine areas it must support. 
How unfortunate it is that benevolent giving in 1958 further divided 
this dollar by decreasing its value to fifty per cent. The 1958 askings 
were $1,120,151. Just a little over half of this amount was received. 
When you divide each piece of the pie pictured above by subtracting 
half, most of its nourishment is gone. 

The anticipated work of the General Fund for this year necessitated 
an increase in its askings to $1,335,418. The next six months will de- 
termine whether or not the Church's benevolent giving will support its 
proposed work in this area and in the other five Assembly Causes de- 
pendent upon your benevolent gifts. 

Distribution of Our General Fund Agency Dollar 

Board of Women's Work $ .13 

General Council . 1 7 

School of Christian Education .17 

Montreat . 1 3 

TRAV . 1 2 

Stillman College . 1 8 

Historical Foundation . 3 

American Bible Society .4 

Presbyterian Foundation .3 

Total $1.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID B. JENKINS, Chairman 

The special committee report on the feasibility of a Combina- 
tion Area Worker-Camp Director was presented by the Rev. J. S. 
Walkup. It was adopted as follows: 

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REPORT ON FEASIBILITY OF COMBINING WORK OF CAMP 

DIRECTOR AND AREA C. E. WORKER 
The Presbytery of Wilmington at its April 1959 meeting directed the 
Christian Education Committee to study further the matter of combining 
the jobs of Area Worker and Camp Director under one person, and report 
back at the July meeting. The Committee has met and studied the mat- 
ter under the following areas: 

(1) RELATIONSHIP TO SYNOD AND PRESBYTERY 

An Area Worker is paid entirely from Synod's C. E. funds ... is 
therefore under the direction of Synod's C. E. Committee, cooperat- 
ing with Presbytery's C. E. Committee. 

Some Presbyteries in our Synod pay an additional $2500 annually 
in order to have a full time Area Worker. 

(2) TRAINING REQUIRED 

Area Workers are required to be graduates of the Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education CATS) or its equivalent, and to have 
had experience in a local church, in order to be expert in the whole 
area of Christian Education. 

A Camp Director should have a special interest in camp work, 
some training and experience in Christian Education, and some pas- 
toral experience. 

(3) DIVISION OF TIME 

Developing the camp would be a full-time job in itself. 
There is enough work in the Presbytery now for a full-time Area 
Worker. 

(4) COST 

Synod now pays all. This Presbytery has not in the past con- 
tributed even its share in support of a half-time Area Worker. The 
approximate cost of a full-time worker is $5,000.00 per year. 

Minimum cost of a combined worker: Salary $4500, manse $1200, 
MAF $388, travel $1200, office help $600, supplies $600— Total— 



(5) OUR READINESS 

Insufficient financial support at present; camp development in a 
state of flux. Continued need of an Area Worker. 

(6) GENERAL ADVISABILITY 

Near impossibility of securing a qualified person to fill this position. 
Danger of neglecting C. E. work in general during formative years 
of camp. 

(7) OTHER POSSIBILITIES 

Executive Secretary assume part or all of the direction of camp 
development. 

Local pastor with interest, ability and experience be released 

from pastoral duties for a period sufficient to develop camp and 

program, by using a clinical year Seminary student as his substitute. 

(Local man should be better able to capitalize on the resources 

of Presbytery than a newcomer; a case in point was Rev. Robert 

Turner in Concord Presbytery, who secured some $40,000 in 

donated time and materials while developing Camp Grier). 

The Committee therefore recommends: 

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1. That Wilmington Presbytery ask Synod's Committee on Christian 
Education to seek to secure a full-time Area Worker for Wilming- 
ton Presbytery, pledging additional support financially. 

2. That until such time as a full-time Area Worker is available, 
Presbytery continue under the present plan of joint support with 
Albemarle Presbytery. 

3. That the matter of a Camp Director-Developer be decided in the 
normal development of Presbytery's Camp and Conference Center. 

The report on Evangelism was presented by the Rev. H. H. 
Hilton. It was received as information. 

The reports of the Commissions of Installation were admitted 
to record as follows: 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. RANDOLPH GRAHAM 

The Commission appointed by Wilmington Presbytery to install Rev. 
Randolph Graham as pastor of the Woodburn Presbyterian Church of 
Leland, met in the pastor's study of the Church at 7:50 p.m., Sunday, 
June 14, 1959. Members present were: Rev. L. A. Taylor, Moderator; 
Rev. John MacKinnon, Rev. R. K. Johnson, clerk; and Elder John Hall. 
The meeting was opened with prayer by Dr. L. A. Taylor. The parts 
which were previously assigned by the Presbytery were accepted. The 
meeting then continued in the Sanctuary at 8:00 p.m. 

L. A. Taylor presided and propounded the Constitutional Questions. 
Elder John Hall led the congregation in the Pastoral prayer. John Mac- 
Kinnon read from the Scriptures, Ephesians 6:19-20 and preached on 
the topic, "Like a Mighty Army." The Charge to the Minister as made 
by L. A. Taylor who reminded him that he was an Ambassador for 
Christ. The Charge to the Congregation was delivered by R. K. Johnson 
who stressed to the congregation that their new pastor was a man sent 
from God to them. Rev. Randolph Graham pronounced the benediction. 

At the conclusion of the Service of Installation, the Commission met 
again in the pastor's study and minutes of the meeting were read and 
approved. The meeting was closed with prayer by John MacKinnon. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. A. TAYLOR, Moderator 
R. K. JOHNSON, Clerk 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. FRANCIS M. WOMACK, JR. 

The Commission appointed by Wilmington Presbytery to install Rev. 
Francis M. Womack, Jr., as Pastor of the Cape Fear Church met at the 
church on Sundav, June 21, 1959, at 7:45 p.m. Members present were 
M. J. McChesney, Charles W. Worth, Richard K. Johnson, L. A. Taylor, 
Ivey Player and Wiley Batson. The Commission was called to order and 
led in prayer by Rev. M. J. McChesney. L. A. Taylor was appointed 
Clerk of the Commission. Parts previously assigned to members of the 
Commission were accepted as follows: Rev. M. J. McChesney to preside 
and propound the Constitutional Questions, Rev. Richard Johnson to 
preach the sermon, Rev. Charles W. Worth to deliver a Charge to the 
Pastor, Rev. L. A. Taylor to deliver a Charge to the congregation. The 
Commission recessed for the services in the sanctuary. 

The duties assigned to members of the Commission were discharged. 

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Following the services the Commission reconvened. The minutes of 
the meeting were read and approved and the Commission adjourned 
with prayer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

L. A. TAYLOR, Clerk 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. HENRY L. WILLIS 

The Commission appointed by Presbytery to install Rev. Henry L. 
Willis as pastor of Black River, Caswell and Currie Presbyterian churches 
met at 7:30 p.m. in the Caswell Presbyterian Church, Atkinson, N. C. 
Present were: Rev. L. A. Taylor, Rev. Lawrence Kesler, Col. George 
Beatty and D. Graham Shaw, Jr. 

The meeting was opened with prayer by Rev. Lawrence Kesler. Parts 
to be taken in the Service of Installation as prescribed in the Book of 
Church Order were assigned as follows: Rev. L. A. Taylor to preside, 
preach the sermon and propound the Constitutional Questions; Rev. Law- 
rence Kesler to charge the congregation; Col. George Beatty to charge 
the Pastor; D. Graham Shaw, Jr., to act as Clerk. 

The Service of Installation was held in the Sanctuary of the Caswell 
Presbyterian Church, the congregations of the three churches being 
present. Each member of the Commission carried out his assigned duty. 

The Commission reconvened. The minutes were read and approved. 
The meeting was closed with prayer by Rev. L. A. Taylor. 

Respectfully submitted, 

D. GRAHAM SHAW, JR., Clerk 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO INSTALL 
REV. RICHARD K. JOHNSON 

The Commission appointed by Wilmington Presbytery to install Rev. 
Richard K. Johnson as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of 
Wilmington, met in the pastor's study of the church at 7:45 p.m., Sun- 
day, April 26, 1959. Members present were: Rev. E. G. Connette, 
Moderator; Dr. L. A. Taylor, Rev. F. A. Elliott, Clerk; and Ruling Elder 
W. B. Beery III. The meeting was opened with prayer by F. A. Elliott. 
A motion by L. A. Taylor was carried unanimously, to invite Ruling 
Elder Charles Brindell to sit with the Commission in the place of Dr. 
R. T. Sinclair, Jr., who was unable to be present. The parts of the 
Service were assigned by the Moderator and the Commission was led in 
prayer by Charles Brindell. The meeting then continued in the sanctuary 
at 8:00 p.m. 

E. G. Connette presided and propounded the Constitutional Questions 
to the congregation and to the minister. L. A. Taylor led the congrega- 
tion in the pastoral prayer. W. B. Beery read from the Scriptures, 
John 15:1-10. L. A. Taylor preached an illuminating sermon based on 
Acts 11:26, with the theme, "My Idea of the New Testament Concept 
of the Church." The pronouncement of the pastor's being installed 
having been made by E. G. Connette, the Charge to the Minister was 
made by F. A. Elliott. The charge to the congregation was delivered by 
Charles Brindell. Rev. Richard K. Johnson pronounced the benediction. 

At the conclusion of the Service of Installation, the Commission met 

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again in the pastor's study and the minutes of the meeting were read and 
approved. The meeting was closed with prayer by L. A. Taylor. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. G. CONNETTE, Chairman, 

F. A. ELLIOTT, Clerk 

The Rev. M. J. McChesney requested that Presbytery ratify 
the following action taken by the Commission without a quorum 
present: 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION ON THE MINISTER 
AND HIS WORK 

Since the April meeting of Presbytery the Commission on the Minister 
and His Work, acting in the capacity of a Commission, instructed the 
Stated Clerk to honor requests for Certificates of dismissal for Candidate 
Archie Faires to the Presbytery of Red River and Candidate Richard 
Bethune to the Presbytery of Montgomery. This action was taken June 
5, 1959. 

In view of the fact that a quorum of the Commission was not present 
when this action was taken we respectfully request Presbytery to ratify 
this action. 

M. J. McCHESNEY, Chairman 

The action was ratified. 

The Rev. M. J. McChesney read the request of the Board of 
World Missions for endorsement of the Rev. Edward F. Torsch 
as educational Missionary to Brazil. The Presbytery expressed 
its official approval and endorsement. 

The Commissioners to the General Assembly reported their at- 
tendance: Norman H. Flowers, Charles H. McLean, H. H. Hil- 
ton, A. M. Daniels, Ruling Elders: G. F. Landen, Percy C. West, 
J. M. Council and William McCullen. 

John M. Council reported some facts regarding special visit 
to the Protestant Radio Center. 

The Commissioners were commended for their diligence. 

Dr. L. A. Taylor, Executive Secretary requested the authoriza- 
tion to pay the expenses of Presbytery's Committees upon receipt 
of itemized list at the rate of 7c per mile. The Presbytery author- 
ized the Executive Secretary to pay the expenses of the Com- 
mittees. 

The Rev. Norman P. Farrior presented his resignation as Pas- 
tor of the Pink Hill Church effective July 21st in order that the 
Pink Hill Church may seek a full-time pastor. The representa- 
tive from the Church reported that at a duly called congrega- 
tional meeting, the congregation concurred in the request. 
Presbytery granted the request, dissolving the pastoral relation- 

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ship as of July 21st, 1959. The Rev. Mr. Farrior will continue 
as Stated Supply until a pastor is called. 

The Churches and Pastors were commended for their progress. 

The Rev. I. H. Rawles, Chairman of the Standing Committee 
on Leave of Absences, reported the requests of the following to 
be excused from attendance upon this meeting: The Rev. Al 
Daniels, Elder A. D. Gordon, Chapel on the Boardwalk. The 
following asked permission to leave early: W. P. Burns, Norman 
Flowers, L. C. Moore, J. P. Harmon, George S. Beatty, J. L. 
Carr, Grady Gillenwater, Melzar Pearsall. They were excused. 

The Rev. R. K. Johnson reported invitations from Lake 
Waccamaw and Holly Grove Churches for the next meeting of 
Presbytery. Both, having invited Presbytery for the third time, 
the decision was a difficult one to make, however, the Com- 
mittee recommended the acceptance of the invitation to Lake 
Waccamaw. Presbytery accepted the invitation. 

The Rev. Charles L. Kirby, Chairman of the Standing Com- 
mittee on Resolutions and Thanks presented the following re- 
port which was adopted: 

Wilmington Presbytery at the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 
Tuesday, July 21, 1959, enjoyed the beauty and reverence of 
the sanctuary. Immediately upon entering we received a cordial 
welcome and a refreshing worshipful atmosphere in which to 
commune with our Christ. It was apparent that the Minister 
and officers had spent well of their time and talent to prepare 
for this meeting. The delicious dinner served by the ladies gave 
us a new strength and life for the work of the afternoon. We 
commend you and appreciate all of these labors of love and pray 
God's blessing on all that you continue to do in His name. 

We recommend that these sentiments be adopted by the 
Presbytery and that a copy be sent immediately to the officers 
and congregation of the host church. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES L. KIRBY, 
E. W. WALLACE 

Mr. George Mitchell was nominated Moderator for the next 
meeting. 

The minutes were read and approved. 

Presbytery adjourned with prayer by the Moderator. 
J. S. WALKUP, Moderator, 
L. A. TAYLOR, Stated Clerk, 
D. B. JENKINS, Temporary Clerk 

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DIRECTORY 

I. OFFICERS 

Moderators: April meeting, Ruling Elder Albert F. Wells; July meet- 
ing, Rev. J. S. Walkup. 
Stated Clerk, Treasurer, Executive Secretary: Rev. L. A. Taylor. 
Permanent Clerk: Rev. J. S. Walkup. 

II. TRUSTEES 

1. Presbytery: James H. Clark, J. Kyle Bannerman, E. Walker Stevens. 

2. Davidson College: 1959— Rev. M. C. Macqueen, 1961— Rev. B. Frank 

Hall. 

3. Vlora Macdonald College: 

1959— Rev. Wade H. Allison, Rev. J. W. Miller, Mr. J. A. Love, 

Mr. William B. Beery III. 
1960— Rev. Charles W. Worth, Rev. J. S. Russell, Mr. L. N. 

Boney, Jr., Mrs. A. W. Blount. 
1961— Rev. B. Frank Hall, Rev. L. A. Taylor, Mr. E. L. Derrick, 

Mr. D. M. Calhoun. 

III. PRESBYTERY COUNCIL 
Mr. James P. Harris, Chairman; Mr. Leslie N. Boney, Jr., Mr. Charles 
Brindell, Mr. John T. Talbert, Jr., Mr. E. Walker Stevens, Rev. 
N. P. Farrior, Rev. J. S. Walkup, Rev. Wade H. Allison, Mrs. 
Adolf Otersen, Mrs. Frank A. Elliott, Rev. B. Frank Hall. 

IV. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES 

1. Church Extension: Rev. B. Frank Hall, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. Charles W. Worth, Dr. W. C. Mebane, Mr. L. B. Huie, 

Mrs. R. C. McCarl. 
1960— Rev. B. Frank Hall, Rev. Harry P. Mitchell, Mr. William 

B. Beery III, Mr. Fred E. Little, Rev. M. J. McChesney. 
1961— Rev. Walter H. Goodman, Rev. M. C. Macqueen, Mr. L. N. 

Boney, Jr., Mr. Gardner Edwards. 

Sub-Committees 

Home Missions: Rev. Charles W. Worth, Chairman; Rev. M. J. Mc- 
Chesney, Rev. M. C. Macqueen, Mr. Fred E. Little, Mr. L. N. 
Boney, Jr., Mr. William B. Beery III, Mrs. R. C. McCarl. 

Evangelism: Rev. Horace H. Hilton, Chairman; Dr. W. C. Mebane, 
Miss Mary Currie. 

Radio and Television: Rev. Harry P. Mitchell, Chairman; Mr. William 
B. Beery III. 

Negro Work: Rev. Walter H. Goodman, Chairman; Rev. L. A. Taylor, 
Mr. L. B. Huie. 

2. Christian Education: Rev. J. S. Walkup, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. J. S. Walkup, Rev. Frank A. Elliott, Mrs. L. B. Cave- 

naugh, Mrs. Lou Bell Williams, Miss Frances Kornegay. 
1960— Rev. Charles S. McChesney, Rev. Reid H. Erwin, Rev. 

John M. Irvine, Mr. D. M. Calhoun, Miss Alice Ann Kloster- 

meyer. 
1961 — Rev. J. S. Russell, Rev. John L. Stevenson, Rev. William E. 

Pauley, Mr. C. B. McCandless, Mrs. Steve Mallard. 

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Sub-Committees 

Children's Work: Rev. J. S. Russell, Chairman; Rev. William E. Pauley, 
Miss Lou Bell Williams, Miss Alice Ann Klostermeyer. 

Pioneer Work: Rev. Reid H. Ervvin, Chairman; Rev. John L. Stevenson, 
Rev. Frank A. Elliott, Mrs. Steve Mallard. 

Senior-Hi Work: Rev. Charles S. McChesney, Chairman; Rev. J. S. Rus- 
sell, Rev. John L. Stevenson, Mr. D. M. Calhoun, Miss Frances 
Kornegay. 

Adult Work: Rev. John M. Irvine, Chairman; Mrs. J. B. Cavenaugh. 

Men's Work: Rev. Frank A. Elliott, Chairman. 

Leadership Education: Mr. C. B. McCandless, Chairman; Rev. John 
Irvine, Miss Alice Ann Klostermeyer. 

Camp Procurement: Rev. John M. Irvine, Chairman; Rev. Frank A. El- 
liott, Rev. William E. Pauley, Mr. William B. Beery III, Mr. D. J. 
Lanier. 

V. PERMANENT COMMITTEES 

1. Higher Education: Rev. Wade H. Allison, Chairman. 

1959 — Rev. John M. Irvine, Mr. J. R. Marks, Mrs. Franklin Jones. 

1960— Rev. W. H. Goodman, Rev. John L. Stevenson, Mr. H. L. 
Joslyn. 

1961— Rev. W. H. Allison, Rev. Will H. Terry. 

Sub-Committees 

Candidates: Rev. W. H. Goodman, Chairman; Rev. Will H. Terry, Rev. 
John L. Stevenson. 

2. World Missions: Rev. N. P. Farrior, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. N. P. Farrior, Mr. D. M. Calhoun. 
1960— Rev. J. F. Clark, Mrs. R. T. Sinclair. 
1961 — Rev. Lawrence W. Kessler, C. A. Williams. 

3. Annuities and Relief: Mr. H. McNair Johnson, Chairman. 

1959 — Rev. Richard K. Johnson, Mr. H. McNair Johnson. 

1960— Rev. H. T. Lewis, Mr. W. E. Starnes. 

1961 — Rev. Norman H. Flowers, Dr. H. A. Edwards. 

4. Homes: Rev. J. S. Russell, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. J. L. Stevenson, Mr. D. A. Boyette. 
1960— Rev. J. S. Russell, Mr. W. H. Henderson. 
1961— Rev. Alvis M. Daniel, Mrs. P. R. Smith. 

5. Records: Rev. Alvis M. Daniel, Chairman. 

1959_Rcv. J. F. Clark, Mr. R. P. Bender. 

1960— Rev. C. H. McLean. 

1961— Rev. Alvis M. Daniel, Rev. H. T. Lewis. 

6. General Fund Causes: Rev. David B. Jenkins, Chairman. 

1959— Mr. W. C. Scoggins. 
I960— Mr. Charles Brindell. 
1961— Rev. David B. Jenkins. 

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7. Women's Work: Rev. Frank A. Elliott, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. Harry P. Mitchell. 
1960— Rev. Richard K. Johnson. 
1961— Rev. Frank A. Elliott. 

8. Audits: Mr. R. C. Piatt, Jr., Chairman. 

1959— Mr. G. E. Dorward. 
I960— Mr. R. C. Piatt, Jr. 
1961— Mr. Jordan Sloan. 

9. Nominations: Rev. B. Frank Hall, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. John M. Irvine, Jr., Dr. W. C. Mebane. 

1960— Rev. W. H. Goodman, Mr. Jack Council, Mr. Mac. F. Jones. 

1961— Rev. M. C. Macqueen, Mr. Frank S. Wilson. 

10. Examinations: Rev. John M. Irvine, Chairman. 

Theology: 1959— Rev. John M. Irvine, 1960— Rev. John R. Mac- 
Kinnon, 1961 — Rev. David B. Jenkins. 

Sacramerzts and Church Government: 1959 — Rev. J. W. Miller, 
1960— Rev. Charles Williams, 1961— Rev. Edward C. Con- 
nette. 

English Bible: 1959— Rev. Richard K. Johnson, 1960— Rev. Hor- 
ace H. Hilton. 

Experimental Religion: 1960— Rev. P. L. Clark, 1961— Rev. M. C. 
MacQueen. 

11. Christian Relations: Rev. B. Frank Hall, Chairman. 

1959— Rev. B. Frank Hall, 1960— Rev. Ben L. Rose, Dr. A. F. 
Chestnut, 1961 — Rev. John R. MacKinnon, Dr. Robert 
Aycock. 

12. Marriage and Divorce: 

Area #1 — 1959— Rev. Charles Williams, 1960— Rev. M. C. Mac- 
Queen, 1961 — Rev. Norman H. Flowers. 

Area #2, 1959— Rev. M. J. McChesney, 1960— Rev. B. Frank Hall, 
1961— Rev. Horace H. Hilton. 

Area #3, 1959— Rev. J. W. Miller, 1960— Rev. J. S. Walkup, 
1961— Rev. Charles W. Worth. 

VI 

Co?mnission on The Minister and His Work: Rev. M. J. McChesney, 
Chairman. 
1959— Rev. Charles W. Worth, Mr. H. McNair Johnson, Mr. W. C. 

Scoggins. 
1960— Rev. J. W. Miller, Mr. J. R. Marks. 
1961— Rev. M. J. McChesney, Rev. Robert J. Wilkins. 



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INDEX 

Annuities and Relief, Report of Committee 8 

Atwood, James E. Received 20 Call 21 

Audits, Report 2 3 

Benevolence Budget for 1960 25 

Bethel Church, Change in Terms of Pastoral Call 13 

Bethune, Candidate Richard, Dismissed 38 

Brindell, Charles R. Received as Candidate 19 

Camp and Conference Center, Report of Committee 28 

Christian Education, Report of Committee 4, 35 

Commissioners to General Assembly, Report 38 

Council of Presbytery, Annual Report 21 

Delgado Church, Loan 1 5 

Directory of Presbytery 40 

Evangelism, Emphasis for September and October 1 1 

Faires, Candidate Archie, Dismissed 38 

Farrior, Pastoral Relationship Dissolved 39 

General Fund Agencies, Report of Committee 32 

Graham, Rev. Randolph W. Received 17 Installed 36 

Higher Education, Report of Committee 8 

Jenkins, Rev. David B., Moderator of Presbytery 3 

Johnson, Rev. Richard K. Called 13 Installed 37 

Kirby, Rev. Charles L. Installed 11 

Lewis, Edward Received as Candidate 19 

Norwood, Charles A. Received as Candidate 19 

Otersen, Adolf Received 20 Call 21 

Presbytery, Stated Meetings 3, 18 Called Meeting 15 

Resolution of Thanks 13, 39 

Richardson, Leland A. Received 20 Call 21 

Roster of Ministers, Churches and Candidates 2 

Salaries of Pastors, Minimum Raised 27 

Schotanus, Rev. William M. Installed 12 

Sowerby, George Received 20 Call 21 

Stewardship, Annual Report of Committee 24 

Wagner, Rev. Joseph C. Installed 1 1 

Walkup, Rev. J. S. Moderator 14 

Willis, Rev. Henry L. Received 16 Installed 37 

Womach, Rev. Francis Received 16 Installed 36 



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